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In the latest Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys has a look at director James Gunn’s tease of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper), Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) finally being confirmed to play Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ben Affleck) and beyond, Ray Fischer getting his own Cyborg DC solo movie and James Cameron’s thoughts on Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his famous role in Terminator: Genisys!
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- Oliver Davis
We'll admit it – the prospect of Zack Snyder being the first director to bring a live-action Wonder Woman to the big screen does not necessarily fill us with confidence, given his track record with "empowering" female narratives like Sucker Punch. Heavy emphasis on those air quotes.
But this morning came news that Warner Bros and DC are on the hunt for a female director to spearhead Gal Gadot's standalone spinoff in 2017, which would unfortunately be a groundbreaking move in itself for the superhero movie industry.
While it's undeniably early days (we're a fair way off from even having a writer confirmed), speculation is fun, so below Digital Spy rounds up five potential contenders for the Wonder Woman job.
Friday is the first full day of the Austin Film Festival (bravo to you if you make it all the way from a 9 am panel to the last film of the night), and whether you plan to wing it or stick to a schedule, here are just a few of the many events worth considering.
Friday Panel Picks:
Short Films, Big Leaps: Story Development in Pixar Short Films -- Pixar panels tend to be pretty entertaining, and today's will be led by Mary Coleman, a Senior Development Executive at Pixar Animation Studios. Her job is a fascinating one, and she's here to share. (Friday, Oct. 24, 9 am - 10:15 am, Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Assembly Room)
Deconstructing: No Country for Old Men -- Walk through this Coen brothers, Texas-filmed classic with Rachel Getting Married writer Jenny Lumet and Noah Hawley, creator and producer of the television show Fargo. Accompanying this panel »
- Caitlin Moore
In her new memoir, Yes Please, Amy Poehler opens up about her childhood, her divorce from Will Arnett, and her own outstanding female anatomy. The book, which is a mix of personal stories, essays, advice, and plenty of memories from Saturday Night Live, is a hilarious yet tender look at the actress’ journey from the first time she she fell in love with improve (for the record, it was during her fourth grade performance of The Wizard of Oz) to fighting for the survival of Parks and Recreation.
Here’s what we learned about comedy’s fairy godmother:
Even Angelina Jolie would be jealous of Poehler’s… vagina.
When opening up about giving birth to her first son, Archibald, Poehler prefaced with an indisputable self-made proclamation about her anatomy. “I don’t consider myself beautiful or famous, but my vagina certainly is. Everyone knows this. I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas. »
- Stacy Lambe
The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
Nathalie Emmanuel, best known for her role as Daenerys' hand maiden Missandei in HBO's "Game of Thrones," has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel "The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" at 20th Century Fox.
Emmanuel will play Harriet, the leader of another group of maze runners. She joins a cast that includes Dylan O'Brien, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, Patricia Clarkson, Rosa Salazar and Giancarlo Esposito. Filming on the project begins next month. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
Kiernan Shipka ("Mad Men") will join Meg Ryan, Kara Hayward, Scott Adsit, Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage in "Fan Girl". Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the film and will appear as themselves.
The story follows a post-millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up »
- Garth Franklin
It’s been some time since Meg Ryan has lit up the big screen in a comedy. After abandoning her 80s persona initiated by her now-synonymous role in When Harry Met Sally, the actress dove into darker projects around the early 2000s. To be honest, who wouldn’t want to star in a gritty Jane Campion drama in just your birthday suit? Still, that was some ten years back, and following a dabble in forgettable fare such as The Women and Serious Moonlight, Ryan could be in line to rekindle her cinematic career with Fan Girl.
Under the direction of Paul Jarrett, the film will apparently follow a by-the-numbers teen movie formula. The story is “about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together. »
- Gem Seddon
Mad Men‘s Kiernan Shipka has been joined by Meg Ryan and Moonrise Kingdom‘s Kara Hayward in Fan Girl, about a 15-year-old post-Millennial teen who lives for making movies and idolizing her favorite band. Given only a few days to complete a final film project, she comes up with an idea that could bring her two passions together.
Pop punk band All Time Low lends its music to the Fan Girl soundtrack and will also appear as themselves. Scott Adsit (30 Rock, Big Hero 6), Joshua Boone, and Bill Sage (We Are What We Are) also star. Paul Jarrett is making his directorial debut with the semi-autobiographical film scripted by Gina O’Brien, whose own Sundance entry Once More With Feeling was produced by Jarrett. Jarrett, Nick Huston, and Adam Spielberg in association with Rosetta Films, Filament Productions and Literally Films are producing. O’Brien and Jonathan Gray are exec producers. »
- Jen Yamato
This is a reprint of our interview from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. "Laggies" opens in limited release beginning this weekend October 24. Since her breakout film “Humpday” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival five years ago, writer/director Lynn Shelton has been one of the hardest-working women in the business. In addition to her last two features—“Your Sister’s Sister” and “Touchy Feely”—she has also directed numerous episodes of “New Girl” and “Mad Men.” Her films are complex and touching explorations of human relationships and, until now, they have mostly been improvisational works developed with talented ensembles of actors (read our review here). In her latest film, “Laggies,” which premiered last week at the Sundance, Shelton switches gears, working from another person’s script for the first time—without most of her standard improvisation—on a much higher budget (“I broke the million-dollar mark, by quite a lot!”), and with a bigger cast of. »
- Kristin McCracken
Filmmaker Lynn Shelton didn’t direct her first film until after she’d turned 40, but she’s been plenty active since her 2006 debut, “We Go Way Back.” In addition to helming episodes of television shows like “Mad Men” and “New Girl,” she’s directed six films. Her latest, “Laggies,” comes out in wide release this week after a successful showing at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. “Laggies” follows Meg (Keira Knightley), a woman in her 20s who runs away when her boyfriend (Mark Webber) proposes at her friend’s (Ellie Kemper) wedding. She ends up bunking with a high schooler (Chloe Grace Moretz) and her single father (Sam Rockwell) as she tries to figure out what to do with her life. The film made sense for Shelton, who said she knows a thing or two about “long, circuitous” routes leading to her calling in life.
This is the first film that »
- Kevin Noonan
Well known for her role as Dawn Chambers on AMC's "Mad Men," actress Teyonah Parris has added to a growing slate of new projects including co-starring roles in "Survivor's Remorse," Starz' new comedy set in the world of the NBA, and "Dear White People," the highly anticipated first feature from Justin Simien, which opens in theaters nationwide this Friday. She spoke with Shadow And Act about her recent work and lessons learned on and off screen. Jai Tiggett: You're co-starring in "Survivor's Remorse" now. Are you learning a ton about basketball through the show, about the game or the business behind it? Teyonah Parris: Definitely »
- Jai Tiggett
Netflix will launch a new original series in March 2015, the streaming leader announced Thursday. See photos: TheGrill's Speakers Exclusive Portraits (Photos) Set in the Florida keys, “Bloodline” will depict a family of four adult siblings battling demons from the past after a black sheep brother returns home. Also read: Netflix Picks Up Bill Burr, Laura Dern and Justin Long Animated Comedy Series ‘F Is for Family’ Created and executive produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, the 13-episode season stars: Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”), Ben Mendelsohn (“The Dark Knight Rises”), Linda Cardellini (“Mad Men”), Sam Shepard (“The Right Stuff”), Sissy. »
- Jordan Chariton
For its 50th anniversary, Roundabout Theatre Company has tapped a major star to lead the company’s first Broadway production of the 2015-2016 season. Keira Knightley will make her Broadway debut in a newly commissioned adaptation of Therese Raquin, written by Helen Edmundson and directed by Evan Cabnet (The Performers). The play will begin previews on Oct. 1, 2015, in anticipation of an Oct. 29 opening. Based on the novel by Emile Zola, Therese Raquin tells the love and lust-filled story of an unhappily married woman whose complacent, loveless union to her sickly cousin is flipped by the arrival of a passionate lover. »
- Marc Snetiker
Bloodline will probably be your new favorite Netflix show. The Florida-set new series hits Netflix in March 2015 and follows four adult siblings whose secrets start to come to light. Let's break down the reasons why you're going to love this show: 1. Kyle Chandler. Yeah, Coach is back in a regular role. 2. It's from the creators of Damages, the Glenn Close legal drama that amazed you on FX and DirecTV. Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler are the co-creators. 3. Linda Cardellini is in it. You love her from Mad Men, Freaks and Geeks and ER. You don't love her from Boy Meets World. 4. Sissy Spacek. Repeat: Sissy Spacek. Ok, still not sold? How about »
The streaming giant on Thursday confirmed the 13-episode thriller’s title, Bloodline, and also released a haunting teaser trailer (see below) that hints at the show’s central mystery.
Created and exec-produced by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler, the series is set in the Florida Keys and centers on a close-knit family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.
In addition to Chandler, »
Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Moss lead the cast in Truth, a Us political drama now shooting in Sydney. The Nsw government confirmed its financial support via the State Investment Attraction Scheme and said the film would inject more than $11 million in direct production expenditure into the State's economy, creating 208 jobs. Most of the post will happen in Sydney.
Redford plays former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and Blanchett is his producer Mary Mapes in the tale of the scandal that ensued after Rather reported on 60 Minutes in 2004 that George W. Bush.s father arranged for him to serve in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
Subsequently CBS launched an investigation into whether the documents quoted in the story were forgeries and Mapes was fired for so-called lapses in judgment.
- Don Groves
NBC’s “Bewitched” sequel will focus on Samantha’s granddaughter The new series will revolve around single 20-something Daphne, Tabitha’s daughter and Samantha’s granddaughter, who can conjure up everything except for real love. Christina Ricci to reprise her “Lizzie Borden” role for a 6-episode Lifetime series The "Lizzie Borden Took An Ax” movie star will return with "Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles,” which will also feature the return of Clea DuVall. “Supernatural” may try making another backdoor spinoff, but over multiple episodes Instead of using one hour to introduce the spinoff’s new characters, they may be introduced over the course of several episodes. Click Read Full Post For More “The Daily Show’s” Austin "Democalpyse 2014: South by South Mess” details revealed Next week, Jon Stewart’s guests will include Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, Congressman Joaquin Castro and a performance by Spoon. “Mad Men »
- Norman Weiss
Christina Ricci and Lifetime are taking another whack at the life of notorious murder suspect Lizzie Bordon in the limited series “Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles,” the network announced today.
In the follow-up to January’s “Lizzie Borden Took An Ax,” this project will offer a fictionalized account of the events and people involved in Borden’s life as she encounters new-found celebrity after her controversial acquittal of the murders of her father and stepmother in 1892. When numerous people close to Lizzie — including her half-brother William (“Hatfields & McCoys'” Andrew Howard), Broadway luminaries, and the head of the criminal underworld start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances — legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser, “Good Will Hunting”) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise. Emmy nominee John Heard (“The Sopranos”) also stars as William Almy, the business partner of Lizzie’s murdered father Andrew. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Just what Bates Motel needs — another madman.
Rahm will play Bob Paris, the wealthy, self-involved and gregarious owner of an elite hunting club who grew up with Romero. The pair now have a strained relationship, but they keep their mutual dislike under wraps. (Bates Ep Kerry Ehrin first teased Bob’s arrival at Comic-Con; see video below.)
With all the drinking, smoking, and other shenanigans always occurring on AMC’s Mad Men, it’s made me wonder once or twice if those involved are actually doing any of that stuff, “method acting” in a way, or if it’s all fake. Well, thanks to a new interview between Variety and Mad Men creator Weiner and Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka (who plays Sally Draper on the series), it turns out that my crazy theory about the show and its actors may actually be right—apparently, some of the Mad Men actors have been drunk during scenes they’ve done. After Variety asked if Weiner or Shipka had purchased anything from the Mad Men set, Weiner admitted to buying Roger Sterling’s bar, which he said he now has in his office, leading to the exchange below. Variety: Is the bar stocked? Matthew Weiner: The bar is stocked now, »
- Chris King
When AMC announced they were splitting the final season of Mad Men into two seven-episodes halves, similar to what had been done with Breaking Bad in its last two years, I could only roll my eyes in disdain. The splitting of cable drama seasons is often an annoyance, and while it can work out fine with some series – The Walking Dead and its enormous fanbase seem to have adjusted just fine to the strategy over the years, in part because they’ve being doing it since the second season – it feels especially cumbersome and unnecessary when imposed upon the final years of a long-running drama that has long-since established a workable format.
It’s easy to forget that Breaking Bad seriously struggled with the half-length season format in its 2012 episodes, given how utterly brilliant the final eight hours were in 2013, but where Vince Gilligan and company had so carefully cultivated »
- Jonathan R. Lack
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