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Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas on the Oscars' Red Carpet Christopher Nolan and wife Emma Thomas at the Academy Awards A very blasé-looking Christopher Nolan, shortlisted as one of the producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Inception and as the writer of the film's original screenplay, arrives with his wife and fellow Inception producer Emma Thomas at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Of course, Christopher Nolan also directed Inception, but he was not included in the Academy's Best Director shortlist. Instead, nominated were: David Fincher for The Social Network. Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan. Joel and Ethan Coen for True Grit. David O. Russell for The Fighter. Tom Hooper, the eventual winner, for The King's Speech. In case the incredibly successful British filmmaker was disappointed, angered, or downright outraged at being bypassed one more time by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts »
- D. Zhea
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake has met its indiegogo goal, but you can still support it during its final campaign days to help provide the Umberto Lenzi-presented project with more resources. Also featured in our latest round-up is an excerpt from Scott Shoyer's zombie novel, Outbreak: The Hunger, as well as details on how you can watch the first episode of Fox's Wayward Pines ahead of its May 14th debut.
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with »
- Derek Anderson
Anchorman 2 director Adam McKay is directing the film which stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Trilogy), Brad Pitt (Fury), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) and Ryan Gosling (Drive), as well as newly announced additions Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler) and Melissa Leo (The Fighter).
McKay re-wrote the film from a previous script from Charles Randolph (Love and Other Drugs), which is based on bestselling non-fiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. The book tells the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
- Scott J. Davis
Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment today announced casting for “The Big Short,” with Christian Bale (“American Hustle,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Brad Pitt (“Fury,” “World War Z”) coming aboard the project for director Adam McKay (the “Anchorman” films, “The Other Guys”). The film also stars Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” “Frozen River”) and Marisa Tomei (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Wrestler”). The film’s screenplay is written by McKay, from a script by Charles Randolph (“Love And Other Drugs”), based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling non-fiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. “The Big Short” is the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, »
- Philip Sticco
Deadline reported on Tuesday that Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Brad Pitt are set to join Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei in McKay’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. The book tells the story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
This is McKay’s first dive into large-scale drama after making a name for himself with comedy hits such as Anchorman, The Other Guys, and Step Brothers. He most recently worked with Marvel and Paul Rudd on the script for Ant-Man, which just released its second trailer, and is rumored to be on the shortlist »
- Zach Dennis
Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment officially announced the cast of Adam McKay's The Big Short today and it's an impressive cast to say the least. Based on Michael Lewis' best-seller "The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine" about the housing and credit bubble of the 2000s, the film will star Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt and joining them are a pair of Oscar winners in Melissa Leo (The Fighter) and Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler), which is to say this is also sort of a Crazy, Stupid, Love. reunion between Carell, Gosling and Tomei. The film's final screenplay is credited to McKay, written from an earlier draft penned by Charles Randolph (Love and Other Drugs) based on Lewis' book. As for the film's actual plot, nothing is said other to offer a similar recap as I did above with the press release reading: »
- Brad Brevet
Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment today announced casting for The Big Short, with Christian Bale (“American Hustle,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Brad Pitt (“Fury,” “World War Z”) coming aboard the project for director Adam McKay (the “Anchorman” films, “The Other Guys”). The film also stars Melissa Leo (“The Fighter,” “Frozen River”) and Marisa Tomei (“Crazy, Stupid, Love,” “The Wrestler”).
The Big Short is the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
- Michelle McCue
In Paramount's The Gambler, Mark Wahlberg plays Jim Bennett, a professor by day and a degenerate gambler by night, who continues to rack up more and more debt from his illicit hobby. Today we have an exclusive preview where the star reveals he wanted to take on one of his toughest scenes in the movie first, a 10-page lecture where he discusses William Shakespeare with his class. The actor explains that filmmaker Rupert Wyatt was surprised by his choice to tackle this dialogue-heavy scene right away, but the actor says that he learned a trick from his time on The Fighter, where they got the most physical scenes done as soon as possible.
We also hear from Brie Larson, who plays one of Bennett's students Amy. She reveals that Mark Wahlberg must have done that scene over 100 times, over the first two days of production, and watching him work was »
Adapting the non-fiction book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge called Boston Strong, the new film has been in pre-production since last November, with Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) set to direct. Zetumer will rewrite an existing draft from screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy (The Fighter), and was picked by the studio as he has most recently been working with them on the script for Gambit, the spin-off X-Men movie starring Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher).
The story is primarily based around the hunt for the bombers, which culminated in a chase around Boston which left a MIT policeman dead, as well as one of the bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The second bomber,
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is currently undergoing his trial for the bombings »
- Scott J. Davis
While biopics have been a successful genre in the move industry, they are also the hardest subset to engage in strategically. After all, a standard film about someone's life will usually cover all of the interesting parts in one sitting. David O. Russell's The Fighter knew to leave some events out of the film's running time, in hopes of producing a sequel built on the continuing adventures of Micky Ward. It's been a couple of years since the first word of a possible sequel has broken out, but producer Todd Lieberman seems to walk the middle of the road when it comes to a possible sequel. Collider caught up with Lieberman while he was doing the rounds on The Divergent Series: Insurgent, and the producer was asked about the potential sequel that's been in the works for around four years. The answer he »
20th Century Fox has enlisted RoboCop writer Joshua Zetumer to adapt Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge’s nonfiction book Boston Strong, which chronicles the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. The studio picked up the project in November and attached Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa to direct. The Fighter writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy wrote a draft of the screenplay that piqued Fox's interest enough to bite. The studio then turned to Zetumer, who is already working with Fox on X-Men spinoff Gambit as a star vehicle for Channing Tatum. The Boston Strong project is moving forward at
- Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit
How does one assess something like Accidental Love? This is the movie that began life as Nailed, directed and co-written by David O. Russell back in 2008, after the critical and financial disappointment of I Heart Huckabees and before his Oscar-fueled career resurgence with The Fighter. Numerous production delays and troubles with financiers eventually led to the director leaving the project in 2010, reportedly with one day of shooting left. (His producers had already departed.) He has since disavowed it, and this highly compromised cut arrives credited to the Alan Smithee–like pseudonym Stephen Greene. It was quietly released on VOD last month and is now appearing in a smattering of theaters.So, nobody wants to have anything to do with the movie we have before us — which is understandable, since it’s something of a catastrophe. But it also has the quality of a medical cadaver: You can examine it and »
- Bilge Ebiri
After a brief delay, this series has returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright then, here goes nothing folks…behold my picks: Best Picture – The Social Network The nominees here for this ceremony were 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, »
- Joey Magidson
Hollywood is not exactly a warm and fuzzy place where everyone gets along like best friends. That’s why so many film sets are hotbeds for drama. But no drama is more intense than the art-infused feuds between actor and director, because Art!
Here are some of the biggest and best actor-director fights in film history.
Let’s start with the most recent. After Mo’Nique won an Oscar for her role in Precious, she says Daniels told her she was blackballed for not playing the Hollywood game. Then recently she announced that she’d been offered roles in both The Butler and Empire, but never heard anything more until she learned Oprah and Taraji P. Henson were respectively playing what she’d been led to believe were her roles. Despite the struggles, Mo’Nique says she “could work with Lee Daniels tomorrow.”
- Courtney Enlow
Following the first trailer that debuted last month, Fox has released the second trailer for their highly anticipated event series Wayward Pines. We reported in December that the series will be released on May 14 in more than 125 countries around the world, making it the largest global launch ever for a scripted series. The mystery thriller was developed for television by Chad Hodge (The Playboy Club, Runaway) and executive-produced by Donald De Line (Green Lantern, The Italian Job), Ashwin Rajan (Devil), Hodge and M. Night Shyamalan, who directed the premiere episode.
The series stars Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon (Crash) as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. One of the best Secret Service agents in the Seattle office, he's the man who knew missing agent Kate Hewson (Carla Gugino) better than anyone. They were more than »
In it, Terrence Howard wrangles a little extra footage as a creepy ice cream-lovin’ law enforcer (channeling Peaks‘ Dale Cooper with his sweet tooth one-liners). However, the main man of this show is Matt Dillon, a Secret Service Agent tasked with visiting the Northwestern ‘burg to unravel the mystery of two missing agents.
Along with Dillon, there’s a veritable ensemble all dipping into the crazy pool for their performances. Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Juliette Lewis, Charlie Tahan, Melissa Leo, and Siobhan Fallon Hogan co-star as the town’s inhabitants. Glimpses at a bloody, shrieking Gugino and Leo dishing out words of wisdom up the sheer eeriness of the preview. Check it out above, »
- Gem Seddon
Ryan Kavanaugh, the founder of Relativity Media, and model Jessica Roffey were married Friday in a private ceremony near Malibu, his rep confirms to People. Ryan Seacrest, Edward Norton, Katie Holmes, Pierce Brosnan and Zoe Saldana were just a few of the celebrities that attended low-key affair. The Fighter producer and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model held the reception in Nobu Malibu - not far from where Kavanaugh originally proposed last year. Following a private beach ceremony for their families, the newlyweds headed to Nobu Malibu for a private party with their friends. Guests were then serenaded by Steven Tyler »
- Michael Miller and Maria Mercedes Lara
Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Treme) has joined the cast of CBS medical drama pilot Lfe, from the Dan Jinks Co. and CBS TV. Written/co-executive produced by Paul Downs Colaizzo, Lfe is described as a high-octane medical procedural revolving around second-year residents at New York City's top hospital as they attempt to balance their god complexes with their humanity. Leo will play Julie, an attending physician in the surgical wing and a den… »
Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures' new big-screen, 3D adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's beloved classic The Jungle Book, marking the feature film directorial debut of Andy Serkis. Blending live action and performance capture, the film features an impressive roster of stars, including Oscar winners Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett and Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch.
The story follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli, raised by a wolf pack in the jungles of India. As he learns the often harsh rules of the jungle, under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo and a panther named Bagheera, Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle as one of their own. All but one: the fearsome tiger Shere Khan. But there may be greater dangers lurking in the jungle, as Mowgli comes face to face with his human origins.
The actors performing the roles of the story's »
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