7 items from 2015
Kenny Leon is set to direct the upcoming off-Broadway production of "Smart People," written by Lydia R. Diamond ("Stick Fly"), with Mahershala Ali, Tessa Thompson, Joshua Jackson and Anne Son all starring. "Smart People" is described as follows: "The quest for love, achievement and identity is universal, but what role does race play in the story of our lives? On the eve of Obama's first election, four Harvard intellectuals find themselves entangled in a complex web of social and sexual politics in this provocative and funny new play by Lydia R. Diamond." The creative team includes scenic design by Riccardo »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Since Ellen Page stunned us with her diabolical smarts in "Hard Candy" and her straightforward drollness in "Juno," we haven't gotten to see the Oscar-nominated actress in many movies that live up to her compelling charms. Remember "Smart People" with Sarah Jessica Parker? No? Do you ever think about her exposition-spewing character Ariadne in "Inception"? What about the time Woody Allen wasted her (and Judy Davis!) in "To Rome with Love"? Enough is enough. A new trailer just debuted for "Freeheld," a drama about a real-life woman named Laurel Hester (played here by Julianne Moore) who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and fought to ensure that her pension benefits would be passed along to her partner Stacie (Page). The trailer is gripping; watch it at Buzzfeed. (We'll add it here when an embeddable version is released.) Last year when Page came out as a lesbian at a Human Rights Campaign event, »
- Louis Virtel
Michael Bay is continuing to build the cast he needs for true-life thriller 13 Hours. He’s just added actor David Denman to the ensemble as he prepares to kick off shooting next month. Written by Chuck Hogan, the script adapts Mitchell Zuckoff’s book 13 Hours: The Inside Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi. The focus will be on six members of a security team who fought to defend the Us State Department Special Mission Compound in Libya when terrorists attacked the place. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and one of the compound’s workers died in the initial assault and two contractors were killed during another attack on a nearby CIA facility. John Krasinski – who worked with Denman on the Us version of The Office – is starring alongside James Badge Dale, Max Martini and Pablo Schreiber, with Denman recruited as an elite sniper named Boon.In addition to The Office, »
As the European Film Market approaches, Atlas Independent has set Noam Murro to helm Blink, the 2014 Black List script by Hernany Perla. Murro, who recently directed Warner Bros’ 300: Rise Of An Empire, is gearing up for a summer production start. Highland Film Group is launching international sales next week in Berlin.
Perla’s story centers on a man left fully paralyzed during an infamous, unsolved bank robbery. Years later, he is taken hostage for the secrets in his head. With only the use of his eyes, he must outwit his captors and solve the mystery of the heist. William Green and Aaron Ginsburg are producing with Jake Kurily of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment.
An eight-time DGA Award nominated commercials director, Murro made his feature debut with 2009’s Smart People. He is repped by CAA and Management 360. Perla is exec producing Sony’s action thriller Shadow Run and »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Highland Film Group will introduce the project at Berlin. Shooting will start this summer.
The story centers on a man who has been left fully paralyzed during an infamous, unsolved bank robbery. He’s taken hostage for the secrets in his head and — with only the use of his eyes — has to outwit his captors and solve the mystery of the heist.
- Dave McNary
Years after being left fully paralyzed during an infamous, unsolved bank robbery, a man is taken hostage for the secrets in his head. With only the use of his eyes, he has to outwit his captors and solve the mystery of the heist.
Atlas Independent’s William Green and Aaron Ginsburg are producing with Atlas Entertainment’s Jake Kurily. Highland Film Group will introduce the project to international buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. Production is slated to begin this summer. »
- Jeff Sneider
The actor told The Guardian that he chose to give his villainous character - internet billionaire Valentine - a noticeable lisp due to his own personal experiences.
"I did the lisp because people tend to dismiss people who have defects," he said. "In interesting sorts of ways. And especially... speech defects.
"I stuttered when I was a kid. People laughed at me when I talked. Smart people."
He added that chat show host Ross, whose wife Jane Goldman co-wrote the screenplay for Kingsman, became a type of model for his character's lisp.
"I remember the first time I met Jonathan Ross on TV, and even I was distracted by his speech impediment," he said. "I spent more time dealing with that than talking to him.
"And it's something [Goldman and I] talked about a lot. »
7 items from 2015
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