Casting directors came out from behind the curtain to be honored by their peers last night at the 25th Annual Artios Awards. The bi-coastal awards, which were held simultaneously at the new Times Center in New York City and the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, are presented yearly for outstanding achievement in casting in theater, film, and television categories on the criteria of originality, creativity, and contribution of casting to the overall quality of a project.Celebrity awards presenters in New York were Patrick Wilson ("Little Children," "Angels in America"), Carrie Preston ("True Blood"), Michael Shannon ("Revolutionary Road"), Jennifer Morrison ("House"), Bill Pullman ("Oleanna"), Christine Ebersole ("Grey Gardens"), Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men"), and Elizabeth Reaser ("Twilight"). Stanley Tucci and producer Daryl Roth presented the New York Big Apple Award to Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, whose "Love, Loss and What I Wore" recently opened Off-Broadway to rave reviews. »
Now how's this for a cool premise? "U.S. states secede from the U.S. and form their own governments that wage a civil war against each other after Washington, D.C., is wiped out in a nuclear blast and chaos ravages the nation." Sounds like it could make for a fairly novel action flick, eh? Well, as Variety informs us, that's the exact plot of a 2005 video game called Shattered Union. (Just because I've never heard of it doesn't mean it's not good. If you've played this one, leave us a mini-review in the comments section.)
The tale of a dystopian American Civil War Part II will come from producer Jerry Bruckheimer (don't act surprised), who in turn will entrust the adaptation to one J. Michael Straczynski. Serious genre fans know this gentleman as the co-creator of Babylon 5. He's written tons of TV, in addition to Eastwood's Changeling, »
- Scott Weinberg
It’s been a few months since we’ve broken a Jerry Bruckheimer producing story. No need to worry, he’s back and this time he’s setting his sites on a civil war epic. Bruckheimer has acquired the rights to “Shattered Union,” a video game published by 2K Games, a division of Take-Two Interactive, which is also try to get “Bioshock” made at Universal. In the game, Washington D.C. is destroyed by a nuclear blast and, predictably, things get a little “Mad Max.” What, you were expecting “Gettysburg 3?” Hit the jump for more details.
“Shattered Union” is a tactics based strategy game. The user controls one of six American factions (California Commonwealth, The Confederacy, Great Plains Federation, New England Alliance, Pacifica, The Republic of Texas), the peacekeeping European Union Occupation or the Alaska conquering Russians. The movie, to be written by J. Michael Straczynski (”Changeling”), sounds like another »
- David Corbin
Unlike many, many of the video games that get adapted for movies, Shattered Union has a concept that actually sounds like something I'd want to see on the screen. It takes place in a United States where multiple civil wars have broken out, Washington, D.C. has been wiped out by a nuclear bomb, and the Europeans are stepping in to demand we get our act together. Not bad, right? Jerry Bruckheimer, the king of putting disasters onscreen, agrees with me too. He's picked J. Michael Straczynski to adapt the game for Disney, according to Variety. Straczynski has one of the more varied screenwriting careers out there, having both created Babylon 5, written the Clint Eastwood movie Changeling, and adapted the zombie apocalypse novel World War Z. He actually seems like a good fit for the material, given that he'll have to fit in some kind of character-based drama amid »
Jerry Bruckheimer, hot off of Prince Of Persia, is cooking up another game-to-film adaptation, and if I let you guess all night, you’d probably never pick which one. He's tapped Changeling and World War Z writer J. Michael Straczynski to adapt 2K Games’ Shattered Union. Remember that? Me neither, but let me refresh your memory: In the game, states secede from the U.S. and form their own governments that wage a civil war against each other after Washington, D.C., is wiped »
- Paul Tassi
Walt Disney Pictures has acquired the movie rights to 2K Games' Shattered Union and is developing it as a movie. The studio has selected Changeling screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski to adapt the game into a screen story for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
The game came out four years ago for the next gen systems and was a strategy action title. Set in an America that's undergoing a second Civil War and split into six factions, the player takes control of one of the states or a European peacekeeping militia that's trying to restore the United States of America. The game was developed by PopTop Software, the same team that brought us the best-selling Railroad Tycoon.
Bruckheimer and Disney have their first gamerflick Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time set for release next summer. Straczynski's next to-be-released project is Warner Bros.' Ninja Assassin, out next month. »
- Patrick Sauriol
Jerry Bruckheimer's quest to go where no man - or woman - has gone before and oversee a half-decent game-to-movie adaptation is gathering pace with news that he's acquired the rights to 2K Games' Shattered Union for Disney.The production mogul, currently hard at work on post-production for Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, has tapped J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling) to turn the pixelated apocalypse into something script-like. Set in a near-future America torn by civil war, the game version of Shattered Union sees Washington D.C. nuked and six sets of ceceded states battling each other across a scared landscape, while a team of European peacekeepers wave their hands in the air and yell "schtop!!". We think. It's perfect terrain for the man who's already overseen the destruction of significant parts of the Us with Armageddon and Pearl Harbour. Straczynski, meanwhile, has adapted zombie horror World War »
Angelina Jolie made her son's birthday cake with help from a TV show.
The 'Changeling' star used a cult cookery show's recipe to put together a baked treat for her eldest son, eight-year-old Maddox.
Sandra Lee, host of the Food Network's 'Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee', said: "I was really surprised when her friend let me know she made my No Bake birthday cake. She's a Semi-Homemade mommy just like the rest of us!"
Angelina, who is in talks to star in a biopic of the Gucci fashion house, used the time-saving recipe for Maddox's birthday in August.
The cake is made from a putting pre-bought sponge cakes together and adding cupcakes and cookies.
Sandra added: "I'm very proud not just that she made my cake but that someone of her stature isn't delegating these tasks to other people."
Angelina, 34, raises five other children - son Pax, »
Angelina Jolie "made" her son's birthday cake with help from a TV show. The 'Changeling' star used a cult cookery show's recipe to put together a baked treat for her eldest son, eight-year-old Maddox. Sandra Lee, host of the Food Network's 'Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee', said: "I was really surprised when her friend let me know she made my No Bake birthday cake. She's a Semi-Homemade mommy just like the rest of us!" Angelina, who is in talks to star in a biopic of the Gucci fashion house, used the time-saving recipe for Maddox's birthday in August. The cake is made from a putting pre-bought sponge cakes together and adding cupcakes and cookies. Sandra added: "I'm very »
Most 15 year olds are in the dreaded throes of their high school education, and while Josh Moore is as well, he's got plenty more on his plate than just homework. After starting out in stand-up comedy and working in student films at the University of Texas in his hometown of Austin, Moore made the move to Los Angeles in 2007 and quickly went to work. His first film role was in Clint Eastwood's 2008 film Changeling and last year he was also one of the new, younger additions to the cast of the ABC hit TV series Desperate Housewives, which is currently airing its sixth season airing on Sunday nights at 9 Pm Et on ABC. Moore plays young Parker Scavo, the darling child of Felicity Huffman's Lynette Scavo and I recently had the chance to talk with Moore on the phone about this new season and the series as a whole. »
Spyglass Entertainment is close to finalizing a deal that would see German director with the awesome name Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck make The Tourist for the production company. Von Donnersmarck directed The Lives of Others, a 2006 German film that won the Best Foreign Language Picture Academy Award for that year.
The Tourist has Angelina Jolie (Changeling) and Sam Worthington (Avatar) attached to star in it. Jolie would play the thriller's central role, that of an Interpol agent who is on the pursuit of a bad guy that she was formerly intimate with. Her pursuit of justice leads her to use an American tourist (Worthington) as bait to flush out her prey. The Tourist is actually a remake of a 2005 French film called Anthony Zimmer and at an earlier point in its development had Tom Cruise and Charlize Theron attached to play the two leading roles. »
- Patrick Sauriol
Top Ten Working American Directors
A list like this is tricky to the point of madness. However, I'm going to save you the trouble by saying it right here, right now: Most of the choices on this list are obvious. There's a reason why certain names continually pop up whenever conversation drifts toward great American films. So there. I said it.
Yet, how do you weigh the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, a genius who delivered some of the all-time greatest films, but fizzled out 25 or so years ago, against a filmmaker like Woody Allen who has worked consistently for decades churning out both brilliant gems and disposable time wasters? How do you compare either of these directors against an auteur such as Spike Jonze who has only opened two films so far, but both are masterpieces?
In the end I just went with my gut. I knew there were »
- David Frank
Feore, 51, whose credits include TV show 24 and last year's Changeling movie, will play an unspecified villain.
They join join Star Trek's Chris Hemsworth, cast as Thor; Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki, the god of mischief who serves as the movie's main villain; and Natalie Portman as Thor's human love, Jane Foster.
The movie's story centres on Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior on Asgard - home of the gods - whose reckless actions reignite an ancient war.
As punishment, Thor is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans.
Once here, he learns what it takes to be »
- David Bentley
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Simultaneous awards ceremonies will be held in at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles and the New York Times Building in New York on Nov. 2.
Representing 425 members in the United States, Canada, England and Australia, Cas also announced its nominees in film TV and theater on Thursday.
In the category of big budget feature drama, Ellen Chenoweth scored two noms for "Changeling" and "Duplicity." The category nominees are John Papsidera for "The Dark Knight"; April Webster and Alyssa Weisberg for "Star Trek" and Avy Kaufman for "State of Play. »
- By Gregg Kilday
Megan Fox is to play Catwoman in the next Batman film. The 23-year-old star has reportedly signed on to appear in the sequel to 'The Dark Knight' alongside Christian Bale and Sir Michael Caine. The movie will be directed by Christopher Nolan and is due for release in 2011. Megan will be following in the footsteps of Michelle Pfeiffer and Halle Berry, who have both donned the iconic leather catsuit in past films. But the casting announcement is likely to anger Angelina Jolie, who was rumoured to be in negotiations for the role. It's not the first role Megan - who bears a striking resemblance to the 'Changeling' star - has taken from Angelina. Megan is favourite to »
As expected, the vampire drama was the big winner at the Teen Choice Awards! "Twilight" received 9 wins (well, 9 surfboards awards) including Choice Movie Drama.
Visit the official Teen Choice Awards site right here.
And now, here's the complete list of winners of the 2009 Teen Choice Awards (asterisk denotes the winner for each category):
Choice Movie Action Adventure
Fast & Furious
Choice Movie Drama
Angels & Demons
Choice Movie Romance
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Choice Movie Bromantic Comedy
* Marley & Me
I Love You, Man
Jordan's Queen Noor has invited Angelina Jolie to stay with her. The 57-year-old royal - who is the widow of King Hussein - is good friends with the Hollywood actress and has opened her home to the star during her stay in Amman. A source told In Touch Weekly magazine: "Angelina will be staying with Her Majesty Queen Noor, who is a good friend of hers." Angelina, who has been accompanied on the trip by her seven-year-old adopted son Maddox, is in Jordan to attend the 24th annual Arab Children's Congress. The 'Changeling' actress is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and has supported the foundation for many years. It is believed the 34-year-old beauty is a guest of honour at »
The actor was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Miami Beach last week.
Documents released to TMZ.com reveal the arresting officer was alerted to the actor's driving after hearing "a loud tyre screech behind me" and turning to watch Donovan narrowly avoid hitting him.
The actor reportedly told the cop, "Sorry, I didn't see the red light or your stopped car."
He failed a sobriety test, despite insisting, "I really think I'm only borderline and not too drunk. I had three drinks at the Fontainebleau (bar)... The only mistake I made tonight was drinking (allergy medicine) Benadryl with three glasses of wine." »
Actor Jeffrey Donovan has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI).
According to TMZ.com, the 41-year-old actor was released several hours after his arrest.
A spokesperson had not returned requests for comment as WENN went to press. »
Oh boy oh boy. Ace zombie novel World War Z has been in development for a while now, with a previous version of its script written by Babylon 5 and Changeling's J. Michael Straczynski. But now Matthew Michael Carnahan has signed on to do a new draft of the script for the zombie apocalypse novel, signalling that someone, somewhere is very serious about making this film happen.Carnahan, brother of director Joe, is so-hot-right-now, after writing Lions for Lambs (not a big hit, but not the script's fault), The Kingdom and State of Play. He's also got an adaptation of James Ellroy's White Jazz in development, giving him further adapting practice.World War Z's an episodic tale about a zombie plague that spreads across the world, how people from various countries survive and how the fight back against the grey menace begins. Reportedly the first draft of »
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