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'Hobbit' Actor to Play Kirk Douglas in Bryan Cranston's 'Trumbo' (Exclusive)

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Trumbo has found its Kirk Douglas. Dean O’Gorman, who plays the dwarf Fili in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit adaptations, will portray the iconic actor in the Dalton Trumbo biopic starring Bryan Cranston. Jay Roach is directing the indie, which sees Cranston portraying the screenwriter who was blacklisted in Hollywood’s golden age for his ties to the Communist party. The movie already has David James Elliot playing Hollywood icon John Wayne, Michael Stuhlbarg as actor Edward G. Robinson. There’s also Diane Lane as Trumbo’s wife and Helen Mirren as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. The cast also includes John Goodman, Peter Mackenzie

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Steve Bertram joins eOne, Patrice Theroux departs

15 September 2014 8:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Entertainment One reveals plans to reorganize global film structure.

eOne veteran Patrice Theroux is to leave the production-distribution powerhouse with former DreamWorks executive Steve Bertram joining the company as president, Global Film Group, reporting to Darren Throop, CEO.

Théroux, who joined eOne in 2007 to run the outfit’s film division, will continue to collaborate with eOne through a film and TV development deal.

Former Paramount and Relativity exec Bertram joins eOne from DreamWorks where he most recently led new business development and operations.

Reporting directly to CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bertram was responsible for building and managing the company’s new technology initiatives and strategic partnerships.

Bertram will lead film activities globally for the acquisitive mini-studio eOne, including supervision of eOne’s direct distribution operations in Canada, the UK, the Us, Australia/New Zealand, Spain and the Benelux. 

He will also oversee the company’s growing film production and international sales operations and will work to expand the company »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Casting: Bloom, Coogan, Ck, Dreymon, Weaving

7 September 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Unlocked

Orlando Bloom, Michael Douglas and Noomi Rapace are set to star in the upcoming Michael Apted-directed thriller "Unlocked" for Bloom. Peter O’Brien wrote the screenplay and shooting begins November 3rd.

The story follows a CIA interrogator (Rapace) who races to thwart a biological warfare attack on London after she unwittingly gives information to terrorists.

Boswell For The Defence

Steve Coogan has scored the title role of James Boswell in Gregor Jordan's upcoming film adaptation of Patrick Edgeworth's West End play "Boswell For The Defence". Filming begins next year in Europe.

Coogan will play the Scottish lawyer who takes on the case of a female convict sentenced to death in the period legal drama which Current Entertainment will produce.

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Comedian and actor Louis C.K. has joined the cast of Jay Roach's Dalton Trumbo biopic "Trumbo". Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Diane Lane and Elle Fanning also star. »

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Louis C.K joins Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman in Trumbo

6 September 2014 5:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Louis C.K has reportedly been cast in the upcoming Dalton Trumbo biopic.

The American Hustle actor joins Helen Mirren, John Goodman and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston in the film about the American screenwriter and novelist, reports Screen Daily.

Trumbo's titular character was arrested for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare.

Despite being blacklisted from Hollywood, Trumbo would go on to win two Oscars under different pseudonyms.

Louis C.K. will play fellow screenwriter Arlen Hird, who was also blacklisted and would fall on hard times.

Jay Roach will direct the movie, while John McNamara has penned the script. »

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Louis C.K. joins Trumbo

6 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Comedian latest addition to anticipated drama as John Goodman signs.

Comedian and actor Louis C.K. has joined the cast of Dalton Trumbo biopic Trumbo.

C.K. will play screenwriter Arlen Hird, who like Trumbo, fell on hard times after being blacklisted, but refused to compromise on his principles.

As previously reported by Screen, Diane Lane and Elle Fanning have signed on to join Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren in the buzzed-about script being sold by eOne.

John Goodman has also completed his deal to play no-nonsense film producer Frank King in the drama, which shoots later this month.

Breaking Bad star Cranston, director Jay Roach and producers Michael London and Shivani Rawat will be among the entourage wining and dining potential buyers in Toronto tonight.

Recently launched Bleecker Street will distribute in the Us. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Toronto Film Fest Market Faces Challenges With Platform Changes, Global Politics

3 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sellers at this week’s Toronto Film Festival hope to ride the wave of Cannes and Sundance, which saw a healthy number of deals close earlier in the year. But by no means does that suggest that the movie business is in full recovery.

“The market is bigger than ever,” says Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker. “But I think the huge sales are fewer and farther between than they used to be. Films used to go for more money in the DVD heyday. What we’re all doing is finding ways to make up for the loss.”

The shakeup in home entertainment is a challenge facing film backers, but the tectonic political shifts roiling the world are also wreaking havoc on an industry that relies on foreign distribution sales. Relations between the U.S. and Russia are chilly, due to the annexation of Crimea, which has left film buyers »

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Lukewarm Off Presses: "Chef" Again, Lord Attenborough, Joan Allen, and Movie-to-tv Series

26 August 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Four interesting tidbits coming atcha that we neglected to discuss for multiple reasons. If you hadn't yet heard them, they'll feel like brand new news to you.

In what is clearly understood to be an awards-traction move, Jon Favreau's sleeper hit Chef will be coming back to theaters this Friday in wide release. I'm not sure it has the critical oomph to win any nominations and it didn't have the box office size to make that a non-issue (a la gargantuan hits like My Big Fat Greek Wedding) but could it sleeper hit its way into, say, The Screenplay race? I'm realizing I neglected to consider it at all there which is an obvious mistake. I had a really good time watching it with friends though; it's an easy sit and safe for diverse groups of viewers. My favorite visual was ScarJo eating a bowl of pasta but my »

- NATHANIEL R

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Trailers: Outcast, Meadows, Automata, Marriage

20 August 2014 5:20 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A bunch of new trailers today for a variety of non-tentpole genre fare - some of it aims to be big, some aims to be in awards contention, some will probably skip theatrical.

Nicolas Cage continues his run of period action films with Arclight Films' "Outcast," an English-language 12th century China-set thriller without a subtitle (or Chinese accent) in sight. Cage and a mulleted Hayden Christensen play ex-Crusades warriors who team up to help the children of a deposed Chinese Emperor to battle their murderous uncle who has seized the throne. Cage sports an attempt at a British accent, has the nickname 'The White Ghost,' and breaks out into several Nic Cage-isms.

Katie Holmes plays the sweetest and most proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a lethal vigilante in the dark satire "Miss Meadows". Things become complicated for the gun-toting dainty lady when she gets romantically entangled with the town sheriff. »

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Stephen King Devises A Good Marriage In New Trailer

20 August 2014 7:06 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As the Master of Horror, Stephen King has seen countless adaptations of his works. And with long anticipated versions of The Dark Tower, It and The Stand in the works, it’s easy to forget that some of King’s lesser known stories are also getting the big screen treatment.

This fall will see the release of A Good Marriage, based on a short story from the author’s 2010 novella collection Full Dark, No Stars – and honestly, if King’s name wasn’t attached, the familiar nature of the story would have kept this one off our radar altogether. Now, the first trailer for the thriller has hit, showing off the strong cast while unfortunately spoiling the plot’s main twist.

Joan Allen and Anthony Lapaglia star as a happily married couple whose lives are turned inside out when the wife begins to suspect that her long-time husband may have »

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First Trailer & Release Date for Stephen King’s A Good Marriage

19 August 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“Through hard work and lots of love, my parents have created something very rare: a good marriage.” That’s what Darcy thinks she has with her husband, until she finds his mysterious box in the garage containing a terrifying truth that no amount of couples therapy could ever fix. Based on a Stephen King novella from 2010′s Full Dark, No Stars, A Good Marriage just received its first trailer.

From Screen Media Films, A Good Marriage comes out in theaters and on iTunes on October 3rd. Directed by Peter Askin (Company Man) off a screenplay written by Stephen King based on his own novella, A Good Marriage stars Joan Allen, Anthony Lapaglia, Kristen Connolly, Theo Stockman, and Stephen Lang. In addition to the trailer (via Apple), we also have a look at the film’s official poster below (thanks to EW!).

“When her husband (Anthony Lapaglia) of more than twenty »

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Casting Net: Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, and more in talks for 'Geostorm'

15 August 2014 5:48 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film GeostormGerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will »

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David James Elliot Cast as John Wayne in 'Trumbo'

13 August 2014 6:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Jag star David James Elliott has signed on to play big-screen icon John Wayne in the upcoming biopic Trumbo, which follows the life of blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

Bryan Cranston is portraying the title character, who was one of the 10 writers blacklisted from the Hollywood studio system after he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (Huac) in 1947. He continued to write screenplays under pseudonyms, winning Oscars for writing Roman Holiday and The Brave One.

John Wayne was one of the most conservative actors in Hollywood, who served as the president of Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals for four years, an organization that helped provide Congress the names of those working in Hollywood who were deemed either friendly or unfriendly. Peter Mackenzie has also joined the cast as the liberal attorney for the blacklisted writers, known as the Hollywood 10. Rounding out the supporting cast are Diane Lane, »

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'Jag' Star David James Elliott to Play John Wayne in Bryan Cranston's 'Trumbo' (Exclusive)

13 August 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

David James Elliott, who starred in TV’s Jag for 10 years, will play Hollywood legend John Wayne in Trumbo, the Dalton Trumbo biopic starring Bryan Cranston. Jay Roach is directing the indie, which sees Cranston portraying the screenwriter who was blacklisted in Hollywood’s golden age for his ties to the Communist party. Peter Mackenzie and Roger Bart are also joining the roll call. The castings come on the same day that Trumbo landed a home in the U.S. with Bleecker Street, the new indie distribution company launched by former Focus Features co-ceo Andrew Karpen. Bleecker Street will handle

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Diane Lane, Elle Fanning join Trumbo

7 August 2014 5:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: eOne secures distribution deals as cast rounds on Jay Roach’s Bryan Cranston-Helen Mirren drama.

Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, John Goodman and Michael Stuhlbarg are in final negotiations to join Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren in Jay Roach’s Dalton Trumbo biopic, Trumbo.

Mirren will play Trumbo’s nemesis Hedda Hopper while Lane (Man of Steel, Unfaithful) is due to play Trumbo’s wife Cleo.

Maleficent star Fanning is set to play Trumbo’s daughter while Goodman will portray producer Frank King.

Boardwalk Empire and Blue Jasmine star Stuhlbarg is set to play iconic Golden Age actor Edward G Robinson, famous for his roles in Little Caesar and Key Largo.

Since introducing buyers to John McNamara’s buzzed-about script, eOne International has sold the film to a slew of territories including France and French-speaking territories (TF1), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Scandinavia (Scanbox), South Africa/Pan Africa (Times Media Group), Middle East (Selim Ramia & Co), Vietnam »

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Jay Roach's Trumbo Looks To Write John Goodman Into The Picture

31 July 2014 11:51 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

John Goodman has been pretty busy in the past couple of years, and he's showed no signs of slowing. In addition to being one of the voices bringing Autobots to life in Transformers: Age Of Extinction, he's signed on for the Bad Robot science fiction thriller Valencia, as well as a remake of the classic Kenny Rodgers movie The Gambler. What more could a prestigious actor of his degree want on their upcoming production slate? Answer: a movie that has "award nominee" written all over it, with Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren already signed on to keep them company. The Wrap announced that Goodman is talking to director Jay Roach to join his upcoming biopic, Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. The scribe behind such films as Spartacus and Papillon, Trumbo was demonized for being at one point Communist, as well as his refusal to testify »

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Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren to star in Jay Roach's 'Trumbo'

31 July 2014 3:19 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren are set to star in Jay Roach’s Trumbo, a film about Roman Holiday writer Dalton Trumbo, their reps confirmed to EW.

Cranston will play the titular character, who made a career as a screenwriter before he was blacklisted from Hollywood in 1947 after refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. After using a pseudonym, Trumbo was eventually able to claim his works, including 1960s Spartacus and Exodus, using his real name.

Helen Mirren will play Hedda Hopper, a gossip columnist who was against Trumbo and an avid supporter of his blacklisting. The Wrap reports that John Goodman, »

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Helen Mirren Talks The Hundred-foot Journey, Working with Om Puri, What She Looks For in Choosing Projects, Trumbo, and More

31 July 2014 12:54 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Helen Mirren’s fascination with wanting to be a French actress leads to a bold and captivating performance in The Hundred-Foot Journey as Madame Mallory, the exacting chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a fancy Michelin-starred French restaurant in the south of France.  Her icy protests against Maison Mumbai, the new Indian restaurant across the road from her own establishment, escalate into a heated competition between the two restaurants until she recognizes her culinary rival Hassan Kadam’s (Manish Dayal) gift as a chef and his passion for French haute cuisine.  Opening August 8th, the film directed by Lasse Hallström also stars Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri. At the film’s recent press day, Mirren talked about the improvisational set, the pleasure of acting opposite the renowned Puri, what they share in common, how she approaches a role, what she looks for in the projects she chooses and why the director is important, »

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John Goodman Sought To Un-Blacklist Cranston In ‘Trumbo’

31 July 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Austin Powers director Jay Roach is turning his lens on a more serious subject for latest picture Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston. Cranston plays the title role of Dalton Trumbo, the screenwriter of Spartacus amongst others, who ended up on the infamous blacklist thanks to the House Un-American Activities Committee in the late Forties. One of numerous individuals who refused to testify and hence got tarred by the Commie brush, Trumbo worked under pseudonyms, partly helped by producer Frank King. Roach wants John Goodman in the part of King and if the bear-like actor accepts he and Cranston will be back in the movie subterfuge business – the pair previously worked on a conspiracy to create a fake sci-fi film in Argo.

Soreness abounds to this day about the blacklist, with stars like Ed Harris refusing to applaud director Elia Kazan during the Oscars in 1999 due to his naming names. Others who »

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John Goodman in talks to join Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren in Trumbo

31 July 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Goodman has entered talks for Trumbo.

The Wrap reports that the actor is in line to join Jay Roach's Dalton Trumbo biopic, which already has Helen Mirren and Bryan Cranston signed up.

The film centres around the life of the acclaimed screenwriter of Spartacus and Roman Holiday, played by Cranston.

Trumbo was blacklisted after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 during the Red Scare.

He won two Oscars while working under a pseudonym before he was finally able to return to writing using his own name.

Mirren will play gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, with Goodman in line to take on the role of film producer Frank King, who employed Trumbo despite his blacklist status.

Goodman will next be seen in The Gambler and Valencia. »

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John Goodman Back to Hollywood with Bryan Cranston in 'Trumbo'

31 July 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following supporting roles in the Best Picture winning Argo, it looks like John Goodman and Bryan Cranston will deal with the Hollywood of the past all over again. The Wrap reports Goodman is joining Cranston in Trumbo, the periods drama from director Jay Roach which features the "Breaking Bad" star as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the writer of classics like Spartacus and Roman Holiday who was blacklisted and sent to prison during the Red Scare when the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (Huac) was questioning Hollywood talents about Communist ties, forcing many, like Trumbo, to have pseudonyms. This sounds like exactly the kind of film the Academy will swoon over, especially with a cast like this. Goodman's role in the film, if a deal closes, would be that of producer Frank King of King Brothers Productions who hired Trumbo to write for them besides being blacklisted. The actor joins Helen Mirren who »

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