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As is the Hollywood way, whenever a story grips the nation, a bunch of different projects launch headfirst into development, hoping to capitalize on the media craze. Such is the case with the Boston Marathon Bombing, which will feature into three or more different movies housed all over town.
One in particular, though, titled Stronger, is taking some big steps forward. David Gordon Green is in negotiations to direct the inspirational drama, and today brings word that Jake Gyllenhaal, still bathing in critical acclaim after his performance as a down-and-out boxer in Southpaw, is looking at taking on the lead role.
Gyllenhaal would play Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs in the attack while waiting at the finish line of the annual marathon for his girlfriend to finish competing. Bauman was caught in the blast when two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring hundreds more. »
- Isaac Feldberg
At the moment, Hollywood is treating the Boston Marathon tragedy with the same thoughtful restraint as it grants public domain fairy tale properties, with multiple projects in the works. Fox has "Boston Strong" with Daniel Espinosa attached to direct, and Mark Wahlberg has been eyeballing "Patriot's Day" at CBS Films, but it looks likes "Stronger" is leaping ahead of both those projects. David Gordon Green recently signed up to direct, and now a major star is kicking the tires. Read More: The Lost, Unmade & Abandoned Projects Of David Gordon Green Variety reports that Jake Gyllenhaal is circling the drama. Playwright John Pollono and “8 Mile” and “The Fighter” screenwriter Scott Silver wrote the script based on the memoir by Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon Bombing and became a key witness in the subsequent criminal case. Here's the book synopsis: When Jeff Bauman woke up on »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hollywood’s latest evangelist blew into town without a film degree or a single production credit, but armed with abundant smarts, a knack for salesmanship and buckets of charm. Even Ryan Kavanaugh’s shock of red hair assured he got noticed in any room he entered.
Eleven years later, Relativity Media’s CEO stands on the brink of an inglorious retreat. His Beverly Hills-based company appears on the verge of bankruptcy, a key lender is calling him a “con man” and suing for fraud, and other creditors are pushing for the 40-year-old entrepreneur to be shown the door. While Kavanaugh scrambles to find a savior, the company’s 350 employees are preparing for the worst, with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing expected as early as this week.
Kavanaugh’s would-be Studio of the Future never fulfilled its brash leader’s promise: to harness clever financing and computer modeling to unlock the formula for winning films. »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Willis to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.
If Antoine Fuqua has succeeded in any way by making Southpaw, it’s confirmation that we do not need another boxing drama anytime soon – or at the very least not one as lifeless, predictable and uninspired as this. It sullies the name of the great ones to even mention Southpaw in the same review.
Having said that, there is no easy way around the pitfalls of the movie without drawing comparisons as to why similar pictures work so well; after all, our appreciation of such stories is driven by what we’ve seen before and »
- Gary Collinson
Sean Malone, a local Boston actor, is in critical condition after nearly drowning at a beach in South Boston on Monday. Sean Malone Rescued After Near Drowning In Boston Malone, who played bit parts in Gone Baby Gone and The Fighter, was out swimming on Monday, July 20, when he reportedly got a bit too […]
- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
David Gordon Green has already gone through several phases in his relatively short career — indie breakout, second coming of Terrence Malick, studio stoner comedy helmer, reviver of once-great actors. Is ‘awards director’ his next transformation? The director has “Our Brand Is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock and Anthony Mackie, on the way, a film tipped as the next “Argo,” and now the chameleonic helmer has signed on to a true-life tale that could be Oscar material. Per THR, Gordon Green will direct Lionsgate’s “Stronger,” based on the memoir of Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon Bombing and became a key witness in the subsequent criminal case. Playwright John Pollono and “8 Mile” and “The Fighter” screenwriter Scott Silver wrote the script, which is one of several films about the atrocity in the works: Daniel Espinosa was close to directing “Boston Strong” for Casey Affleck before he dropped out, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Filmmaker David O. Russell, known for colorful dramas with heart like “American Hustle,” “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook” has described the aforementioned triad of films as a kind of rebirth. Critically and commercially well received, as well as dominating the awards circuit (25 Oscar nominations between the three pictures), Russell has also marked this as a new period in his filmmaking style and approach. This is his new way forward and its been validated at nearly every turn. But for his next film “Joy,” Russell has suggested he’s switching gears slightly. While it’s the third collaboration between him and Jennifer Lawrence, his female muse that has starred in ‘Playbook’ and ‘Hustle,’ Russell has suggested he’s going for a different mood. "It’s a different key of storytelling that feels… it’s a departure,” he told The Playlist last year. “It’s taking risks that we haven’t taken before. »
- Edward Davis
Reuniting his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in a way that will hopefully make everyone in the world forget all about Serena and Accidental Love, David O. Russell’s next film Joy has a teaser trailer to share. Click below to take a look.This one looks every inch Lawrence’s movie. She plays real-life inventor Joy Mangano, a mum with three kids to raise and only her wit, ingenuity and patent-pioneering smarts to help her do it. Before long, she’s not watching the Home Shopping Network, she’s starring on it.Russell loves plumbing dysfunctional families for comedy and pathos, whether the surrogate kind (Three Kings, American Hustle) or the real deal (The Fighter, Silver Linings). This one looks like no exception.With Robert De Niro playing Joy’s dad, Edgar Ramirez her feckless husband and Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd and Virginia Madsen also aboard, »
Jake Gyllenhaal's physical transformation in "Southpaw" is the stuff awards are made of, from Christian Bale in "The Fighter" to Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club" and even Gyllenhaal in "Nightcrawler." Though he failed to land an Oscar nom for that film—in which he dropped 30 pounds—Harvey Weinstein promises Gyllenhaal will be a leading Best Actor contender for Antoine Fuqua's "Southpaw," opening July 24. In the clip below, watch how he trained to jump into the ring for "Southpaw," building up 15 pounds of muscle working out six hours a day for six months. (Also, curiously, he sports a topknot in the interview segments.) Read More: 'Southpaw' May Deliver Oscar Goods for Jake Gyllenhaal, But Little Else »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A Toronto-based private equity firm has agreed to bail out cash-strapped Relativity Media, according to a source familiar with the arrangement, though it remains unclear how the entertainment company will satisfy other creditors so that it can lay its financial challenges to rest.
Catalyst Capital Group, which specializes in distressed and undervalued companies, has acquired all of Relativity’s senior secured debt of $150 million, said an individual familiar with the deal, who declined to be named. The Canadian investment firm reportedly has agreed to extend for one year a debt repayment requirement facing Relativity.
A spokesman for Catalyst did not return repeated phone calls, but the source said the investment company also had agreed to pump an additional $170 million of equity into Relativity to help stabilize the film and TV producer and position it for future growth. Following the arrangement, Relativity founder and CEO Ryan Kavanaugh reportedly will maintain his post, »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
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
How many Mark Wahlbergs are there? I ask because I like the guy who showed up in this week's "Ted 2." I like goofball Mark Wahlberg. I like belligerent Boston Mark Wahlberg. I like dancing silly Mark Wahlberg. I like dim bulb but well-meaning Mark Wahlberg. I do not, however, care for "I'm smarter than I look" Mark Wahlberg. I do not like humorless Mark Wahlberg. I do not particularly care for serious action mode Mark Wahlberg. And when I look at the ones I don't like side-by-side with the ones I like, I find it hard to reconcile that this is all one person. So again… I ask… how many Mark Wahlbergs are there? When Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" was released, it was a breakthrough for the young actor, part of a banner year in his nascent acting career. He had made a few films before that, including »
- Drew McWeeny
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
It looks like Sony has suffered another setback with its plan to bring video game franchise Uncharted to the big screen, with The Wrap reporting that Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) has now vacated the director’s chair owing to a dispute with studio boss Tom Rothman over the creative direction of the project.
Uncharted has passed through the hands of several filmmakers including David O. Russell (The Fighter) and Neil Burger (Divergent), while Mark Wahlberg have been mentioned as potential candidates for the lead role of treasure hunter Nathan Drake. The most recent draft of the script has been Oscar-winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).
- Gary Collinson
He’s come a long way from his underwear-modelling and times he spent feeling the “Good Vibrations” as the shirtless Marky Mark. No offense to the Funky Bunch, but we’re glad Mark Wahlberg made the leap from Boston rapper to A-list actor.
The Boston native is ready to hit the big screen with an old pal named Ted. In Ted 2, Wahlberg returns to the role of John, best friend to the not-so-cuddly Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane). The comedy sequel sees Ted fighting to prove he's a person in a court of law with best friend John by his side.
Wahlberg has long mixed up his acting roles, appearing in everything from award-winning dramas like The Fighter and The Departed, action flicks like Pain & Gain, and the raunchy comedy Ted, the actor’s highest-grossing movie to date.
How well do you know Mark Wahlberg? Take the quiz and find out! »
- Rachel West
This Washington farce about an uninsured waitress seeking redress for a workplace injury is never less than annoying
“I have a nail in my head so I need a Moon Base.” In the days before The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, David O Russell started shooting the healthcare satire Nailed (from Kristin Gore’s novel Sammy’s Hill), only to see the production shut down amid financial chaos. Now, seven years later, we have the retitled Accidental Love, completed (without Russell’s further input) under the pseudonymous director credit “Stephen Greene”.
Unsurprisingly, it’s a mess. Fleeting fragments hint at a superior work while others suggest it was a misfire from the outset. Jessica Biel is rollerskating Indiana waitress Alice who goes to Washington seeking help from congressman Howard Birdwell (Jake Gyllenhaal) following a medically uninsured accident. With a nail lodged in her skull causing mood swings and inhibition loss, »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
★★☆☆☆ It's the film David O. Russell walked away from and whose premise the Obama administration made pathetically redundant. After years in limbo, audiences finally get to see Accidental Love (2015), which began shooting in 2008. Dodgy financing arrangements saw the director jump ship, leaving producers to complete filming and the entire edit. Russell - careful with his words due to lawsuits - has calculated that production shut down nine times before he finally quit. Perhaps humbled and hurt by the experience, he pulled himself up by his creative bootstraps and went on to earn acclaim with a trio of audience and critic’ favourites:The Fighter (2010), Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and American Hustle (2013).
- CineVue UK
Accidental Love, 2015.
A clueless politician falls in love with a small-town waitress whose erratic behaviour is caused by a nail stuck in her head.
Originally titled Nailed and shot way back in 2008, this has been a project plagued by serious financial difficulties and problems. David O. Russell (The Fighter, American Hustle) – billed here as ‘Stephen Greene’ left the project in 2010 and the film was subsequently finished without his involvement. Seven years from shooting to cinema release? That’s a pretty torturous ER wait…
Which sort of connects with aspects of the – undeniably muddled – story. Focusing on small town waitress Alice’s (Biel) accident with a nail through the skull while at a dinner with fiancé Scott (James Marsden), Accidental Love highlights the undeniably unsavoury aspects of federal »
- Robert W Monk
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