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Variety is reporting that the British actress is set to join Oscar winner Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight Trilogy) in The Deep Blue Good-By, an adaptation of a Travis McGee novel to be directed by James Mangold, who worked with Bale in his 3:10 To Yuma remake in 2007.
Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He.s also a knight-errant who.s wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule »
- Scott J. Davis
At one point in “Accidental Love,” the movie’s crusading heroine flips on a TV and catches a glimpse of George A. Romero’s seminal 1968 zombie opus “Night of the Living Dead.” And, like one of Romero’s own restless undead, this mirthless, misshapen social satire cum romantic comedy has managed to crawl out of the early grave to which it was consigned in 2008, back when its title was “Nailed” and its director was David O. Russell. Pieced together by unknown parties after years stuck in litigation (resulting from the bankruptcy of financier David Bergetsin’s Capitol Films), “Accidental Love” turns out to be no “Margaret”-style diamond-in-the-rough, but merely a not-particularly-interesting curio from the low ebb of a great director’s career. Russell (credited here as Stephen Greene), original producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, and the starry ensemble cast have understandably kept their distance from this opportunistic cash-grab release, »
- Scott Foundas
Just after "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant took a supporting role in Oliver Stone's drama about Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, the cast has expanded with even more talent. Deadline reports the film, which is now going by the title Snowden, is shooting in Munich already, and the confirmed additions to the cast include Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Tom Wilkinson (Mission: Impossible III), Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Joely Richardson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). The only specific role detailed was that of Cage playing a former U.S. Intelligence official. The new additions join Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the lead as Edward Snowden with Shailene Woodley playing his girlfriend. he film is based on both Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Time of the Octopus, the novel from Snowden’s Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. »
- Ethan Anderton
Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Joe) has joined an already stellar cast for Oliver Stone’s Snowden. Cage – who previously worked with Stone on World Trade Center – will play a former U.S. Intelligence Officer in the film.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the title role as Edward Snowden, a whistleblower who was charged in 2013 with two counts of violation of the Espionage Act and Government theft. His story was told in Oscar winning documentary Citizenfour, directed by Laura Poitras, which claimed the Best Documentary prize at last night’s ceremony.
Shailene Woodley (The Fault in our Stars), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Rhys Ifans (Greenburg), Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Tom Wilkinson (Belle) star in the film alongside the newly announced Cage.
Filming is underway in Munich at the moment, which will conclude in May ready for its newly announced release on Christmas Day.
- Scott J. Davis
Nicolas Cage has joined the cast of Oliver Stone’s Snowden in the role of a former U.S. Intelligence official. Cage joins a cast that includes, as previously revealed exclusively by Deadline, Joseph Gorden-Levitt in the title role of whistleblower Edward Snowden, Also in the cast is Shailene Woodley (Divergent), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek: Into Darkness), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill), Joely Richardson (The Girl with… »
Oscar 2015 winners (photo: Chris Pratt during Oscar 2015 rehearsals) The complete list of Oscar 2015 winners and nominees can be found below. See also: Oscar 2015 presenters and performers. Now, a little Oscar 2015 trivia. If you know a bit about the history of the Academy Awards, you'll have noticed several little curiosities about this year's nominations. For instance, there are quite a few first-time nominees in the acting and directing categories. In fact, nine of the nominated actors and three of the nominated directors are Oscar newcomers. Here's the list in the acting categories: Eddie Redmayne. Michael Keaton. Steve Carell. Benedict Cumberbatch. Felicity Jones. Rosamund Pike. J.K. Simmons. Emma Stone. Patricia Arquette. The three directors are: Morten Tyldum. Richard Linklater. Wes Anderson. Oscar 2015 comebacks Oscar 2015 also marks the Academy Awards' "comeback" of several performers and directors last nominated years ago. Marion Cotillard and Reese Witherspoon won Best Actress Oscars for, respectively, Olivier Dahan »
- Steve Montgomery
M. Night Shyamalan is heading into Twin Peaks territory this May with the upcoming event series Wayward Pines, which sees Matt Dillon starring as a U.S. Secret Service agent investigating the disappearance of two fellow agents in small town America. Ahead of its May premiere, a poster and trailer have been released, and we have them for you here…
Based upon the novel Pines by Blake Crouch, Wayward Pines also stars Carla Gugino, Juliette Lewis, Melissa Leo, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan and Terrence Howard.
Imagine the perfect American town… beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets. Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you’re going insane. You must be in Wayward Pines. Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke (Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon, “Crash,” “City of Ghosts”) drives to the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, »
- Gary Collinson
It’s been nearly a year since we were first introduced to M. Night Shyamalan’s creepy small town drama, Wayward Pines. That first sneak peek trailer hinted at a bizarre, dream-like serial – and this latest one from Fox continues to explore that Lynchian tone. Based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch, the event series was developed for the small screen by Chad Hodge, with the aforementioned Sixth Sense helmer on board to produce and direct the pilot.
The limited series stars Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent on the hunt for two missing federal agents in Wayward Pines, Idaho. As he ventures deeper into the town’s seedy underbelly, his investigation turns far more sinister than he imagined. Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, and Juliette Lewis also star as a ragatg crew of the town’s residents.
As I mentioned in my overview of the first teaser, »
- Gem Seddon
I can't say I'm necessarily a fan of boxing, granted, it's a sport that makes for great cinema with everything from Rocky to the recent Oscar-winner The Fighter, not to mention even the bare-knuckle moments in something like Snatch, but when Mike Tyson was fighting I was absolutely interested. The guy was just so intense, but when his reign ended and he decided to bit Evander Holyfield's ear off I was pretty much done with boxing... Well, done considering how little I had invested in the first place. That said, the cinematic intrigue boxing holds doesn't end and it would appear the next interesting feature to arrive is in the form of the documentary Champs, set to premiere in theaters and on iTunes on March 13 and the trailer has just arrived. Featuring the likes of Tyson and Holyfield along with some celebrity contributions including Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington and Ron Howard, »
- Brad Brevet
As someone who isn't the biggest sports guy, the fascination with the sport of boxing is a mystery to me. But at the same time, I've enjoyed many a boxing drama, from Rocky to The Fighter. But for those who have an interest in boxing, there's a new documentary on the way called Champs, which profiles heavyweight championship boxers like Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins. Helped along by interviews with boxing fans and pop culture figures like Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Ron Howard, Spike Lee and more, this looks like something accessible for even the most clueless sports fan, and actually looks at the darker side of the sport, exploiting these athletes for their skills. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Bert Marcus' documentary Champs, originally from Apple: Champs is directed by Bert Marcus. Boxing, "the poor man’s sport," has long given kids from America »
- Ethan Anderton
This week has seen the arrival of one of the most curious cinematic items of the last few years, one that few thought would ever see the light of day: Stephen Greene’s “Accidental Love.” Never heard of it? That’s because the film was at one time known as “Nailed” and was shot by Oscar-nominated “The Fighter,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Hustle” director David O. Russell, for whom the seemingly non-existent Greene is a pseudonym. “Nailed” predates the three Russell films listed above: it's a political satire about a waitress (Jessica Biel) shot in the head with a nailgun that causes hypersexual behavior, who then teams with an ambitious congressman (Jake Gyllenhaal) to campaign for those with unusual injuries. The film went before cameras back in 2008, but production was halted multiple times after difficulties with financiers and was eventually shut down without the completion of key scenes. Legal battles ensued, »
- The Playlist Staff
Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone is accumulating a phenomenal cast for his upcoming project about modern day whistleblower, Edward Snowden. With Joseph Gordon-Levitt already cast as the infamous Nsa leaker, two entertainment outlets have unveiled four major names set to join him. For fans of last year’s stunning documentary Citizenfour, the following names ought to ring a few bells.
Per The Wrap, The Fighter‘s Melissa Leo is currently engaged in talks to play the documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, who, at the time of Snowden’s arrest provided a lynchpin of reporting on the topic. Next up is American Horror Story’s Zachary Quinto, who is being eyed for the role of Glenn Greenwald. A lawyer, author and journalist, he became a trusted confidante of Snowden. Finally, Tom Wilkinson is in line for the key role of British reporter Ewen McAskill, the defense and intelligence correspondent for The Guardian.
- Gem Seddon
Hollywood is known for physical transformations, and stars often take pride in losing tons of weight - sometimes for a role and other times just to get healthier. But for a few actors, the results of the rapid weight-loss are downright startling.
Here's a look at six celebs who lost a shocking amount of weight.
The Hangover star's dramatic weight-loss first made headlines in October when the once-portly comedian showed up to the screening of Birdman, on the closing night of the New York Film Festival, having gone down a few clothing sizes.
His new, slimmer look also surprised people when he was featured in the opening of the 2015 SAG Awards. It's estimated that Galifianakis may have lost as much as 50 pounds.
Photos: Before & After: Celebs' Most Dramatic Transformations
The Prisoners star famously dropped 30 pounds for his role as the deranged freelance crime photographer Louis Bloom in the Oscar-nominated thriller Nightcrawler. Gyllenhaal, who has »
Oscar often has a soft spot for an acting gimmick, something that proves that the performer has somehow shown themselves worthy of a gold statue by virtue of the physical and mental demands of their role. Extreme weight loss or gain has been a popular way to capture the attention of Academy voters. Christian Bale is the current champ at this form of acting, taking over from Robert De Niro, whose 60-pound weight gain for his Oscar-winning boxing role in 1980’s “Raging Bull” is the stuff of legend. In the past, the six-footer has packed on muscle for 2000’s “American Psycho” and for his Batman films. But, in between, he dropped an alarming number of pounds to achieve a rail-like physique in 2004’s “The Machinist” and 2006’s “Rescue Dawn.” But all his yo-yo dieting finally paid off with Oscar success when Bale won supporting as a crack-addict boxer in 2010’s »
- Susan Wloszczyna
Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.
Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.
Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.
20. Billy Zane
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
A version of this story first appeared in a special awards issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
One can quickly recall the names of acting Oscar nominees (Joaquin Phoenix for The Master, Rooney Mara for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Emmanuelle Riva for Amour) and winners (Christian Bale for The Fighter, Mo’Nique forPrecious, Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight) who got where they got without doing any real campaigning — because they number so few.
People might like to think that Oscar voting is solely about merit, but that’s naive and incorrect. Academy members are people, not machines, which means that they can be influenced. And when the prize at stake is one that carries as much prestige and potential for increased opportunity and earning as the Oscar does, well, of course contenders for it are going to try to influence the outcome by lobbying voters, »
- Anjelica Oswald
“It was traumatic and very emotional to see it up there,” Keane recalled of her first viewing of the film, while sitting next to Adams at TheWrap‘s Awards Season Screening Series presentation of the film at The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Adams played Keane as a young woman who paints children with big, »
- Linda Ge
By Anjelica Oswald
J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of a vicious and relentless instructor at a music conservatory in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash has propelled Simmons as a frontrunner in the supporting actor Oscar race since the film’s premiere at Sundance. He received the Spotlight Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Jan. 3 and was nominated for a Golden Globe, which will be distributed on Jan. 11.
Simmons likely will earn his first Oscar nomination on Jan. 15 and if he wins on Feb. 22, he will become the eighth supporting actor in the last 14 years to win for his first nomination.
In the past 14 years, 50 percent (seven of 14) of supporting actors and 64 percent (nine of 14) of supporting actresses were never nominated before winning their first Oscar.
- Anjelica Oswald
David O. Russell’s protracted film Accidental Love is finally getting released in theatres and you can have a sneak peak at what to expect below and, so you know, it’s not technically his film anymore and goes under the director’s name of Stephen Greene, which may be made up.
The comedic political satire was shot by Russell way back in 2008 before he quit the project in 2010 and before filming his award winning films The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle.
Plagued by production problems, Accidental Love centres upon Alice Eckle (Biel) who is accidentally shot in the head with a nail gun just as her boyfriend Scott (James Marsden) proposes to her. Refused treatment because of her uninsured status, her predicament leads her to Washington DC where she meets clueless senator Howard Birdwell (Jake Gyllenhaal) who takes up her cause for treatment.
Accidental Love opens in »
- Sacha Hall
Now called Accidental Love, comedy Nailed began as a David O Russell movie more than seven years ago. Here's a look at its strange story...
Despite its stellar cast, which includes Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal and James Brolin, it's possible that you've never heard of the forthcoming comedy Accidental Love. It's almost certain that you haven't heard of its director Stephen Greene, because he doesn't exist.
The Accidental Love saga takes in Oscar-nominated director David O Russell, dodgy financiers, multiple production shut-downs, cast walk-outs and questionable name changes. Until recently, it looked as though the film would never see the light of day at all.
Accidental Love began life as Nailed, a screwball political comedy co-written by Russell and Kristin Gore (daughter of Us politician Al Gore). For Russell, whose previous film I Heart Huckabees had struggled at the box office, Nailed was supposed to be a "fresh page and »
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