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Given the guy's talent, it's only a matter of time before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decide to reward Jake Gyllenhaal with his very own Oscar - we're just waiting to see what that feature winds up being. It's entirely possible that it could be the next project he's eying to add to his upcoming slate, which will see him playing a man who lost his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing that occurred back in 2013. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jake Gyllenhaal is now thinking about signing on to Stronger, a new film that is being directed by David Gordon Green (George Washington, Pineapple Express). Should he sign on the dotted line, the Nightcrawler star would be playing Jeff Bauman, a survivor of the aforementioned terrorist attack who lost his legs in the explosion. The movie is based on a script by screenwriter John Pollono (and »
Jake Gyllenhaal is considering the lead role in a drama set in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, according to Variety.
The film, called Stronger, is based on the experiences of survivor Jeff Bauman. Bauman, who was waiting for his girlfriend to finish the race, lost both of his legs after two pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon on 15 April 2013. He helped to identify the bombers – brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev – and went on to co-write a book about his experience, on which the film is based. David Gordon Green, whose previous work includes Pineapple Express and Joe, will direct.
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- Henry Barnes
Earlier this month it was announced that David Gordon Green (Joe, Pineapple Express) would be directing Stronger, an account of Jeff Bauman's story regarding his experience with the Boston Marathon bombings. Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line when two pressure cooker bombs exploded, taking both of his legs. He served as a key witness in the trial of bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Stronger, a film about the Boston Marathon bombing, has found its director.
On April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded at the annual marathon in Boston, taking three lives and injuring about 264 people.
Bauman, who was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line, lost both of his legs during the attack.
In the book, written by Bauman and Brett Witter, Bauman shared his experience being a key witness in the trial of bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his journey to rehabilitation after the attack.
Stronger is one of the three movies being made about the Boston Marathon bombing.
This particular project, set up at Lionsgate, is set to tell the story of Jeff Bauman, one of the survivors of the attack who lost lost both his legs in the attacks. In Stronger, co-written by himself and Bret Whitter, Bauman told of his experiences and his rehabilitation after the bombings, where he was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line. John Pollono and Scott Silver have adapted the book and written the script.
Patriot’s Day, CBS Films’ version of events set to star Mark Wahlberg, and Boston Strong, directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), are two of the other projects about the bombings which set to go into production soon.
- Scott J. Davis
Green started his career with well-regarded indies like “George Washington” before moving to studio pics like “Pineapple Express” and into TV with “Eastbound and Down.” He has also signed on for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Sandra Bullock starrer “Our Brand Is Crisis,” based on the documentary about campaign financing.
John Pollono has adapted the script for “Stronger,” which marks his full-length feature debut. Pollono wrote and co-starred in the Off Broadway play “Small Engine Repairs.” “Stronger” has been set up with Mandeville Films principals Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman along with Scott Silver, while Peter McGuigan will exec produce.
- Dave McNary
David Gordon Green is an interesting director. The acclaimed filmmaker behind movies like George Washington, Joe, Prince Avalanche, and Manglehorn is also known for less artistic fare like Your Highness and Pineapple Express. His next film looks to be a blend of mainstream and dramatic fare that should play well to his strengths as a filmmaker and will join multiple projects developing at the same time... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
One of our least pretentious filmmakers, David Gordon Green makes the movies he wants to make. Thanks to the cushion provided by big-budget forays like the "Pineapple Express" (2008) and "The Sitter" (2008), Green actually gets away with it. Now he has signed on to direct Lionsgate's "Stronger," one of several Boston Marathon Bombing projects in the works from multiple studios. This one focuses on Jeff Bauman, a survivor who was adjacent to one of the two pressure cooker bombs when he lost both his legs. Bauman was crucial in helping the FBI identify the suspects, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Other Boston projects in the works include CBS Films' "Patriot's Day" with Mark Wahlberg, and Fox's "Boston Strong." With cowriter Brett Whitter, Bauman chronicled the events in a book also titled "Stronger." John Pollono and Scott Silver wrote the script for the film. Producers are David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Images from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings are still seared into the hearts and minds of people around the world, and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that multiple film projects about the terrorist attack are in the works. Today, Manglehorn director David Gordon Green has signed on to helm one such pic, titled Stronger and set to focus on Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the attack.
Lionsgate is behind the inspirational true story, which is based on the autobiographical book Bauman co-wrote with Bret Whitter.
Bauman was at the finish line of the marathon on April 15, 2013, waiting for his girlfriend to finish the annual race, when he was caught in the blast from a pressure cooker bomb left at the crowded event by terrorists Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The explosion took both his legs. When he awoke in a nearby hospital, Bauman was able to identify »
- Isaac Feldberg
The last time Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart starred in a movie together was 2009's Adventureland, which I love, and while I know American Ultra has absolutely no relation to that film, I like the idea of seeing Eisenberg and Stewart together again on the big screen. Much to my delight, a new clip from the film has just been released, featuring Mike (Eisenberg) confessing to a double-homicide over the phone while Phoebe (Stewart) comes to check out the scene, trying to comprehend exactly what just happened. From the synopsis, American Ultra centers on a stoner and his girlfriend as their sleepy small-town existence is disrupted when his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a government operation set to wipe him out. Walton Goggins, Connie Britton, Bill Pullman, Topher Grace and Tony Hale round out the cast. I sense a bit of a Pineapple Express-meets- »
- Jordan Benesh
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Three years ago, a remake of Dario Argento's Suspiria seemed to be ready to go ahead. So what happened to it? Its former director explains.
Visually and aurally sumptuous, Dario Argento's Suspiria was one of the most striking horror movies of its age. The soundtrack was cacophonous, the cinematography drenched in colour and often beautiful - even when Argento was spattering the screen with claret.
In 2008, director David Gordon Green risked the ire of horror fans everywhere when he revealed to MTV that he planned to remake Argento's nightmare classic. It could have been a starry affair, too, with Natalie Portman on board as producer and star. That incarnation of the movie appeared to fall apart, though, and Portman ultimately went on to make Black Swan with Darren Aronofsky - a film about a ballet dancer with more than a touch of Argento's delirious brand of storytelling running through it. »
For quite some time, Pineapple Express, Joe and George Washington director David Gordon Green has hoped to remake Suspiria, Dario Argento’s immortal Italian horror film. Despite our remake-heavy period, many bristle at the concept, as Suspiria seems so closely tied to Argento’s directorial identity. Who could match its madness? But Green is a peculiar and…
- Samuel Zimmerman
We would all like to be in better shape, I’m thinking. Even people who work out every day always seem to want to do more to be healthier, to get into better physical condition. And goodness knows obesity and sedentary lifestyles seem to be the norm for a great many people in this country. I have to count myself among the out of shape but wanting to do something about it. I have gained and lost the same 40 or 50 pounds so many times in my life it’s now difficult to lose that weight and keep it off. I have a gym membership but rarely use it and can’t seem to find the time to get back to the gym on a regular basis.
Maybe I should get a personal trainer? Which leads me to Results, a remarkable and good hearted movie about personal trainers, a new client »
- Sam Moffitt
One of the most interesting filmmakers working today, David Gordon Green has worked up an impressive list of films to his credit. He started with the true indie films George Washington (2000), All the Real Girls (2003), and Undertow (2004), and moved into studio-driven films like Pineapple Express (2008), Your Highness (2011), and The Sitter (2011), and he has segued back to indie fare like Prince Avalanche (2013), Joe (2013), and now with his latest, Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino and Holly Hunter. Pacino stars in a challenging role as a lonely locksmith, stuck in a memory of a past love, and when he meets a lovely bank teller (played by Hunter), his life veers in a different direction. Set in and around Austin, Texas, the film is a highly unusual drama from a filmmaker at the peak of his powers. (Manglehorn is currently in theaters throughout the U. »
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Al Pacino Is Essentially Just Playing Himself in David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn' Among American filmmakers whose careers firmly exist in the 21st century, David Gordon Green has followed one of the more unpredictable paths. A film festival darling with his expressionistic character drama "George Washington" in 2000, he remained on that path with his next three features — "All the Real Girls," "Undertow" and "Snow Angels" — only to take a hard right turn into the studio comedy arena with "Pineapple Express," and he stayed on that route with "The Sitter" and "Your Highness." From there he made "Prince Avalanche," which merged the sensibilities from both stages of his career, before veering back to familiar turf with the southern-fried drama "Joe." Now comes "Manglehorn," one of the more peculiar entries in Green's ever-surprising filmography. The »
- Eric Kohn
Written & Directed by Paul Feig
Paul Feig understands why we love Melissa McCarthy. He knows that she’s great at playing both the ill-mannered fool and the amiable straight-man. With his new action-comedy, Spy, Feig creates the perfect vehicle to showcase both sides of McCarthy while producing his most consistently-funny movie to date. A frighteningly high percentage of the gags connect, the dialogue is clever and crisp, and the supporting cast shines brightly. Feig is at the top of his game in this riotous crowd-pleaser.
Susan Cooper (McCarthy) is one of the CIA’s best and brightest agents. She finished tops in her class, is a master of observation, and her academy training video is so freakishly-brutal that her supervisor (Allison Janney) is considering uploading it to YouTube. Unfortunately, Susan lacks the go-getter mentality for field work. She’s tapped to be the eyes and ears of super-spy »
- J.R. Kinnard
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