7 items from 2015
As of last fall, Salt director Phillip Noyce was still slated to direct the long-gestating Ameircan Pastoral, based on the book written by author Phillip Roth. However, since Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning joined the project last fall, it sounds like Noyce fell away from the project. Because now Deadline reports Ewan McGregor, who was already on board to lead the film, is now set to make his directorial debut with production slated to begin in September in Pittsburgh. Noyce had been trying to get this project off the ground for more than a decade, so it must have taken something pretty drastic to draw him away. The report notes that Fisher Stevens was courted at one point to direct the film, but clearly that didn't work out. McGregor leads the story as Seymour "Swede" Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in New Jersey, whose regular life is disturbed by »
- Ethan Anderton
After being attached to star in the adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-winning novel American Pastoral since last summer, Ewan McGregor will now work double duty on the pic. In addition to tackling the lead role, the actor will also take up residence in the director’s chair for his filmmaking debut.
The story will revolve around McGregor’s character, Seymour “Swede” Levov. A legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherit his father’s business, Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter takes a rebellious turn by committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. He’ll star alongside Jennifer Connolly as his wife and Dakota Fanning as his wayward daughter.
- Gem Seddon
Eddie Murphy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Evans, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Margot Robbie will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced on Thursday. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.
Murphy received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls.” He has starred in such features as “Bowfinger” (1999), “The Nutty Professor” (1996), “Coming to America” (1988), “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984) and “48 Hrs.” (1982), and has lent his voice talents to all four of the “Shrek” animated features to date. He will next be seen in the independent drama “Cook.”
Ejiofor received his first Oscar nomination last year for his lead performance in “12 Years a Slave.” He previously appeared in such features as “Salt” (2010), “American Gangster” (2007), “Children of Men” (2006) and “Dirty Pretty Things” (2003). His upcoming films include “Z for Zachariah” and “Triple Nine. »
- Michelle McCue
A quick overview of some of the more interesting projects that have been announced during the Berlinale: "Raoul Peck is on board to direct The Young Karl Marx, a period drama chronicling the turbulent youth and friendship between Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels," reports Elsa Keslassy for Variety. August Diehl and Alexander Fehling are slated to star. Martin Scorsese will executive produce Ben Wheatley's Free Fire. This June, Wim Wenders will shoot Les beaux jours d’Aranjuez, an adaptation of the play by Peter Handke. Werner Herzog will begin work on his super-volcano movie with Veronica Ferres, Salt and Fire, in April. André Téchiné, Robert Zemeckis, Joe Swanberg and David Lowery also have projects in the works. » - David Hudson »
Chicago – In an unprecedented oversight, especially for the film community in Chicago, film critic Roger Ebert’s biography “Life Itself” was snubbed for Best Documentary as the nominations were announced on Jan. 15, 2015 for the 87th Academy Awards. The films “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” tied for most Oscar nominations with nine.
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Both “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” were nominated for Best Picture along with “Selma,” “Boyhood,” “American Sniper,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash”. The full list of the nominations is below.
“The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
We started this website back in 2007, and since then, the names of some sequels seem to come up with reasonable regularity, albeit with no sign of the film itself. And in the time we've been going, yet more names have added themselves to the list of follow-ups that are seemingly stuck in development hell.
With the new Ghostbusters film set to escape and become a real thing in the next year or two, here's just a sample of the other projects struggling to get off the ground (with one or two edging closer to a greenlight than others...)
What is it?
A veteran screenwriter and native Angeleno, Gilroy may be a first-time helmer, but between movie-star wife Rene Russo, Pulitzer-winning dad Frank D. Gilroy (“The Subject Was Roses”), writer-director brother Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”) and film-editor twin John Gilroy (“Salt”), he’s also Hollywood royalty. None are easy acts to follow, yet at age 55, Gilroy is living up to his legacy with “Nightcrawler.”
Until he penned the provocative thriller two years ago, “I’d never felt, ‘This is something I have to direct,’ ” he says, “so I was very confident that I’d picked the right vehicle.” A writer’s touch is evident in the story of a sleazy opportunist (Jake Gyllenhaal) selling crime-scene footage to an L.A. news producer (Russo) and its harsh commentary on “hyper-capitalism” and the media — an arena the former Variety reporter knows well. “I have a strong desire to communicate what I feel about the world. »
- Gregg Goldstein
7 items from 2015
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