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Robert Duvall and Alejandro Inarritu Added to Lineup of Palm Springs Honorees

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Actor Robert Duvall and director Alejandro G. Inarritu are the latest additions to the 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s lineup of honorees, Psiff organizers announced on Friday.

Duvall, who was recently nominated for Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for his supporting performance in “The Judge,” will receive the Icon Award at the festival’s annual Awards Gala, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3 in the desert resort town east of Los Angeles.

See photos: 22 Biggest Snubs and Surprises: 2015 SAG Awards Nominations (Photos)

Inarritu will receive the Director of the Year Award at the same event for his film “Birdman, »

- Steve Pond

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Interview: Mark Wahlberg Talks 'The Gambler,' Blackjack Research, J.C. Chandor’s Upcoming ‘Deepwater Horizon’ & More

15 December 2014 9:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It seems a Hollywood project is never more than one or two steps away from Mark Wahlberg’s involvement. The past decade has seen the actor steadily grow into a producing force (“Entourage,” “Prisoners”) while still maintaining his studio-reliable leading man status (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Ted”), but as with “The Fighter,” the smaller projects sometimes present the harder challenge. The most recent example is “The Gambler,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” director Rupert Wyatt’s remake of the 1974 Jimmy Caan original, and it’s easy to see why – it’s an unconventional gambling flick, in which a college Literature professor attempts to burn his finances to the ground to see what’s left. At an AFI Fest screening of the film (our review here) and a roundtable discussion the next day, Wahlberg explained that the title was a bit misleading when it came to his character, Jim Bennett. »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pines Thriller Gets Premiere Date at Fox

9 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

April showers bring… May haunting psychological dramas?

Wayward Pines, the 10-episode Fox thriller from M. Night Shymalan, will premiere on Thursday, May 14 at 9/8c, the network announced Tuesday.

The event series, which will debut simultaneously in more than 125 countries, follows a Secret Service agent (played by Matt Dillon, There’s Something About Mary) who comes to a deceptively bucolic Idaho town to search for two federal agents who’ve gone missing.

The cast also includes Terrence Howard (Empire), Carla Gugino (Political Animals), Toby Jones (The Girl), Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Shannyn Sossamon (Mistresses), Charlie Tahan (Law & Order: Svu) and Juliette Lewis »

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How ‘Big Eyes’ Star Amy Adams Became the Darling of the HFPA

8 December 2014 5:42 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

With the possible exception of Meryl Streep, it is hard to think of an actress who has been more consistently good — and often great — over the past decade than chameleonic Amy Adams, whose run of excellence really began in 2005 with Junebug.

The 40-year-old’s incredible body of work since — which includes more than 25 films and has been highlighted by standout performances in Enchanted (2007), Julie & Julia (2007), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008), The Fighter (2010), Trouble With the Curve (2012), The Master (2012), Her (2013) and American Hustle (2013) — has collectively produced five Oscar noms and five Golden Globe film-related noms. (Among female performers, only Streep has more of the former within that same span, while Streep and Judi Dench have more of the latter. Not bad company to be in!)

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- Anjelica Oswald

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How 'Big Eyes' Star Amy Adams Became the Darling of the HFPA

6 December 2014 2:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the possible exception of Meryl Streep, it is hard to think of an actress who has been more consistently good — and often great — over the past decade than chameleonic Amy Adams, whose run of excellence really began in 2005 with Junebug. The 40-year-old's incredible body of work since — which includes more than 25 films and has been highlighted by standout performances in Enchanted (2007), Julie & Julia (2007), Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Doubt (2008), The Fighter (2010), Trouble With the Curve (2012), The Master (2012), Her (2013) and American Hustle (2013) — has collectively

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- Scott Feinberg

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10 Questions I had while staring at that pic of Jake Gyllenhaal

1 December 2014 6:39 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel here voicing the various queries I had upon staring at this new pic from Jake Gyllenhaal’s upcoming Antoine Fuqua directed flick, Southpaw.

 

Did the Prince of Persia get on a shredding regimen? Is Jake the new Christian Bale in terms of weight loss/gain yo-yoing? A troubled teenager, a paranoid reporter, a gay cowboy, an easily scared interviewee, a James Baldwin connoissieur, and now a jacked middleweight champion; is there anything Jake can’t do? Is Jake still this ripped? Will he look like this as he makes his Broadway debut?

Related: do you think the Gyllenhaal siblings made it a point to be on Broadway at the same time? Between Prisoners, Enemy, Nightcrawler and now Southpaw, will we need to come up with a portmanteau for his resurgence? Jakeaissance? Gyllenhawakening? Where are his co-stars Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams? Related: why does IMDb’s “star meter” (also: »

- Manuel Betancourt

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s Startling ‘Southpaw’ Makeover: Exclusive Photo

28 November 2014 1:04 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Jake Gyllenhaal won fans for his dedication and commitment in losing 25 pounds to play the sociopathic nocturnal adrenaline junkie and camera man Lou Bloom in Nightcrawler. He’s remade himself in a whole different physical fashion to play a championship prize fighter next year in Southpaw, and I’m betting it will have Gyllenhaal in the conversation with past actors who’ve trained to turn in memorable ring performances, a list that includes Raging Bull’s Robert De Niro, The Boxer‘s Daniel Day-Lewis, The Fighter‘s Mark Wahlberg and The Hurricane’s Denzel Washington.

Here, Deadline exclusively reveals the first image of Gyllenhaal from the Antoine Fuqua-directed Kurt Sutter-scripted Southpaw; it is clear Gyllenhaal has turned himself into a jacked, ripped beast, gaining 15 pounds of pure muscle. Gyllenhaal plays Junior Middleweight Champion Billy “The Great” Hope, a lefty champ who loses everything in a personal tragedy »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Hey, J.K. Simmons: Watch out for Christoph Waltz in 'Big Eyes'

26 November 2014 6:28 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Before it screened, Tim Burton's biopic “Big Eyes” was seen as a slam-dunk Oscar vehicle for Amy Adams. After all, Adams, who stars as painter Margaret Keane, has lost all five of her Oscar bids: four in supporting -- “Junebug” (2005), “Doubt” (2008), “The Fighter” (2010), and “The Master” (2012) -- and last year in lead (“American Hustle). However, now that this Weinstein Company film has unspooled, the buzz is all about Christoph Waltz who could well contend for his third Oscar in six years.  -Break- Oscar experts: Eddie Redmayne narrows Michael Keaton lead, 'Selma' cracks top five Waltz won Supporting Actor twice for his scene-stealing work in two Quentin Tarantino films -- “Inglorious Basterds” (2009) and “Django Unchained” (2012) -- which were also produced by Oscar wiz Harvey Weinstein. The actor brings this same winning combination of wry charm...' »

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Director's Chair: New Projects for Mel Gibson, Jason Reitman, and Brad Anderson

20 November 2014 2:06 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Jason Reitman is in desperate need of a career bump. His last two films, Labor Day and Men, Women, and Children, felt like they were made my someone who did not know why he was making them. This is shame coming from the guy who made Up in the Air, which I rewatched recently and is still vibrant and specific. Thankfully, Reitman will be stepping back into dramedy territory with I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family, based on a rather unusual Texas Monthly article. The story follows a Texas family who pull off two rather impressive bank heists. Nick Hornby (An Education, Wild) will come on to pen the screenplay. Jason's poppa Ivan Reitman will produce the film. The two have not worked together since Up in the Air, so hopefully, they can create that same magic once again with this film. Reitman is in need of some quality. »

- Mike Shutt

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Directors: Zach Braff Is 'Going In Style,' Daniel Espinosa Chasing The Boston Marathon & More

19 November 2014 11:57 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Somehow, the sloppily assembled, unfunny "Let's Be Cops" earned over $120 million worldwide (Wtf), and since money talks in Hollywood, that means director Luke Greenfield gets to level up. And so he shall, setting up the movie "Slingshot," which is said to be in the spirit of "E.T." and "Back To The Future." No other plot details are available just yet, but let's just hope a little more craft is put into that effort. [Deadline] Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House," "Snabba Cash") has been tapped to direct "Boston Strong." The project was once set to star Casey Affleck, who has since dropped out of the movie that "follows the massive manhunt to apprehend the two men believed to be responsible for the bombings, as well as examining the city’s reaction following the events." “The Fighter” writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy penned the script, but no word yet on when production might begin. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Daniel Espinosa In Talks To Direct Boston Strong As Casey Affleck Departs Marathon Bombing Drama

19 November 2014 7:18 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

How soon is too soon? 20th Century Fox is already developing Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge’s still-unpublished Boston Strong, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, into a feature film, and now we’re hearing that the project is close to gaining a helmer – Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) is in talks to direct. It’s not all good news for the film, however, seeing as the previously attached Casey Affleck has reportedly dropped out.

Espinosa, who is currently putting the finishing touches on Soviet Union-set period thriller Child 44, has been extremely in demand since directing Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington in the aforementioned 2012 action-thriller. His name has also recently come up in association with the Jo Nesbo adaptation Blood on Snow and John Grisham pic The Racketeer, though he’s not officially attached to either project.

As for Affleck, the star became attached to star and produce in October, but »

- Isaac Feldberg

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'Safe House' Director Boards 'Boston Strong' But Casey Affleck Exits

18 November 2014 4:22 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Just last month, we learned that Casey Affleck was tapped to star in Boston Strong, an adaptation of the book of the same name by by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge about the titular city's reaction to the Patriot Day bombing of the Boston Marathon and also the hunt for the two siblings wanted in connection with the bombings. However, as 20th Century Fox has picked up the script by The Fighter writing duo Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, it has been revealed that a deal with Affleck could not be reached, and he's no longer involved. However, the project does have a new director in talks to help move the project along. Read on! Variety reports Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is now in talks to tackle the real-life drama that was once planned to be a miniseries, but ended up turning into a feature film. The rights to »

- Ethan Anderton

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Boston Marathon Bombing Film Scribes Say It’s Not Too Soon For Heroic Tale Of Historic City’s Fight Against Terror

18 November 2014 2:51 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the scribes behind the Boston-based hero tale The Fighter and the currently shooting The Finest Hours, tell me after their newly minted CAA reps sold to Fox their feature script Boston Strong that director Daniel Espinosa plans to have his cameras filming at the Boston Marathon next April. That is the site of the infamous 2013 bombing that killed three and injured 264 others. The film will chronicle the heroic efforts of a city which rallied from an unimaginable tragedy to trap the perpetrators after a manhunt, killing one in a shootout and gravely injuring another and finding him after the city was cordoned off.

Most stories about heroic acts in tragedies are told when some time has passed, usually way more than two years. The script by the writers that Disney is now shooting, The Finest Hours, took place in 1952, when the Coast Guard made a »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Safe House Director Daniel Espinosa May Helm Marathon Bombing Drama Boston Strong for Fox; Casey Affleck Departs

18 November 2014 2:02 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Boston Marathon bombing drama has found a director and a studio, but it’s lost its star.  Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has acquired Boston Strong, which is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa in talks to take the helm.  Casey Affleck was previously attached to star when it was looking for a studio home, but his deal eventually fell apart.  The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy penned the script, which follows the massive manhunt for the two men responsible for the tragic Boston bombing in 2013.  More after the jump. News of these developments for Boston Strong comes via Variety, which adds that EOne Television was originally developing the project as a miniseries before those plans fell apart.  No reason is given for Affleck’s departure, but he was certainly a draw to the film. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Fox Picks Up Boston Marathon Drama 'Boston Strong'

18 November 2014 1:42 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

20th Century Fox has scooped up the screenplay for the Boston Marathon drama Boston Strong, THR has confirmed. Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa is circling the film, which chronicles the aftermath of the 2013 attack that left three dead and scores wounded. The project, which was shopped to studios over the past few weeks, is based on Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge’s book of the same name, which was adapted on spec by The Fighter writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy. Boston native Casey Affleck, who graduated from the same high school as the two men alleged to have carried out

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Fox Acquires Boston Marathon Drama for ‘Safe House’ Director (Exclusive)

18 November 2014 1:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

20th Century Fox has moved fast to acquire rights to Boston Marathon spec “Boston Strong” with “Safe House” filmmaker Daniel Espinosa in talks to direct, sources confirm.

Hutch Parker and Dorothy Aufiero will produce the drama, which is based on the book by Casey Sherman and former Boston Herald reporter Dave Wedge.

Boston Strong” follows the massive manhunt to apprehend the two men believed to be responsible for the bombings, as well as examining the city’s reaction following the events.

Casey Affleck had originally been attached to star in (as well as produce) the real-life drama, but his deal eventually fell apart, according to insiders.

The Fighter” screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy wrote the script. The duo optioned the rights in July 2013.

EOne Television had also been attached to the project last April on to develop it as a miniseries, but those plans fell apart earlier this summer. »

- Justin Kroll

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Some Actors Could Make the Difficult Transition from TV Actor to Oscar Nominee

17 November 2014 11:44 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

The transition from television star to cinematic award-winner is often difficult. Where actors in feature films tend to be regarded as prestigious, the actors you catch on a television show every week become almost like friends and are more relatable. This personal appeal can hinder prospective Oscar chances, as TV actors are denigrated as being less-than qualified for the statues than their featured peers.

Some 21st century exceptions to the rule include George Clooney, who rose to fame as Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s ER, is now a two-time Oscar winner, one for his supporting role in 2005’s Syriana and the other for best picture for 2012’s Argo; Jennifer Lawrence, who starred as the oldest daughter on The Bill Engvall Show before it ended in 2009, is now a three-time Oscar nominee, winning once for her lead role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook; Melissa Leo, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Oscar-Winning The Hurt Locker Writer Hired for Uncharted Video Game Film

17 November 2014 6:54 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

We've been hearing about a big screen adaptation of the "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" video game for years, mostly when David O Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) was attached. Then it became clear that he has never played the game and the helmer eventually dropped out. Then Neil Burger (Limitless) stepped in to replace Russell, and soon after Burger was replaced by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), who is still on board. And now comes word that the project is becoming more of a priority for Sony, which just hired Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) to polish the script originally written by David Guggenheim (Safe House). The studio still needs to finds its leading man before the film can move forward. Mark Wahlberg was briefly attached, but has since moved on. More recently, Sony made an offer to Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), but he passed. »

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David O. Russell Wants Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper for 'Joy'

11 November 2014 8:10 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Here is some news that should surprise no one. David O. Russell has built himself quite the ensemble over the past couple of years, and he wants to reteam with them again. Russell, in an interview with Go (via The Playlist), revealed that for his next film Joy, which already has Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle alum Jennifer Lawrence attached, would also like to add Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper to the mix. I think I'd very much like (Robert) De Niro to be in it, I think he's gonna be in it. And of course I always create a role for Bradley Cooper. I try to have things people have never done. Then they can get excited, and it's exciting for audiences. That's what makes it daring in some way. I know there are people who will complain about this sort of stuff, saying he is just »

- Mike Shutt

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AFI Review: 'The Gambler' Remake Aims High, Falls Short

10 November 2014 9:42 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Yet again we have a movie made by talented folks with Oscars in their sights. This is a recipe for disaster. Make a movie for audiences, make a movie for yourself. But don't make a movie designed to please the rank and file Oscar voter. This movie plays like a Mark Wahlberg vanity vehicle. It's a film designed to showcase the powerful Hollywood producer/star's acting chops. Alas, Paramount's "The Gambler" does the opposite. It serves to reveal the actor's weaknesses. When cast exactly right in muscular, working class roles--"The Departed" and "The Fighter" come to mind---Wahlberg can deliver. But he is not professorial material. No matter how hard he tries. Partly, "The Gambler" is revealed as dated. And its treatment of women is part of the issue (not unlike Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice"). It seems that many filmmakers do not realize that women can do more »

- Anne Thompson

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