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Sunday night, viewers had a choice: Watch Sansa Stark's horrifying wedding night on HBO's "Game of Thrones," or watch Don Draper and a host of other characters find some measure of tidy fulfillment on the series finale of "Mad Men." Viewers seemed dissatisfied with both, judging by how they proceeded to set the Internet ablaze.
The outrage over Sansa's rape (with new husband Ramsay Bolton forcing himself on her while making her erstwhile stepbrother Theon Greyjoy watch) stems not just from the fact that the show's writers gave Sansa the fate meted out to another character in the books, or even that the violence was especially lurid or graphic. (Indeed, by "Game of Thrones" standards, the scene was fairly brief and discreet.) Rather, it was that Sansa has been a fan favorite, a decent person who's witnessed many ghastly events and lost several family members, but who herself had been »
- Gary Susman
The Crow remake has been a revolving door of talent over the past couple of years, with various actors and filmmakers coming and going over the years. As of right now, director Corin Hardy (The Hallow) and star Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) are the latest combo to try and tackle the project. And miraculously, it seems they’re […]
- Angie Han
I didn't really have much interest in a remake of The Crow to begin with, and watching so many directors and actors join and leave the project certainly didn’t help. However, Luke Evans was attached to star for so long that it was hard not to warm up to the idea of him playing Eric Draven. But, of course, then he dropped out in January and we got Jack Huston instead. I'm sure he scored the role for a reason, but as someone who didn’t watch him in Boardwalk Empire or pay much attention to his big screen work, he certainly doesn't spark the hype that Evans, Alexander Skarsgard, Tom Hiddleston, James McAvoy, etc. did. But, a new casting report just surfaced for a different role and it's actually got me interested in the project again. [caption id="attachment_220529" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Universal[/caption] According to Deadline, Andrea Riseborough is currently in »
- Perri Nemiroff
According to Deadline, Relativity Studios is in negotiations with Andrea Riseborough to play the villain in Corin Hardy's remake of The Crow, which will star Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston as the doomed Eric Draven. Riseborough ( Birdman, Oblivion, Disconnect, Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go) would play a character named Top Dollar, who was originally written as a man and was played by Michael Wincott in the first adaptation back in 1994. Top Dollar runs a crime syndicate, and is indirectly responsible for the deaths or Draven and his fiancée Shelly (Jessica Brown Findlay). The remake is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Kevin Misher, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Jeff Waxman. James O’Barr is also on board as a consultant. The Crow will take flight in 2016. »
The reboot of comic book movie franchise The Crow just got a lot more interesting. As if the presence of Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston as the title avenger wasn’t enough to thrill you, then how about the actress producers are pursuing as the villain? If they have their way, brilliant character actress Andrea Riseborough will take the role of crime lord and nemesis Top Dollar.
Brit Riseborough has built a reputation as a chameleonic talent over the years, with performances in Brighton Rock, Shadow Dancer and Made In Dagenham as distinctive from each other as it’s possible to get. Should she agree to sign on, she’ll be playing a part last seen in the guise of Michael Wincott in the 1994 original. Seems screenwriter Claire Wilson and director Corin Hardy are reworking the material in more ways than one.
Based on James O’Barr’s graphic novel, »
- Steve Palace
It's been a bumpy road to production for the planned reboot/remake/whatever we're calling it of The Crow. However, with Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston now locked in the title role, and Corin Hardy set to direct, it looks like it's finally all systems go on the new film.
The latest piece of casting news is that Andrea Riseborough is signing up to play the movie's villain. She's taking on the role of Top Dollar in the movie. Previously Top Dollar has been male, and was played by Michael Wincott in the original film. The character was beefed up for that 1994 movie too, becoming the chief of a drugs syndicate, as opposed to a low level drug dealer as he was in the comics.
Relativity Studios is finally moving forward with a remake of 1994 cult classic The Crow, having set Boardwalk Empire alum Jack Huston to star alongside Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey). Tonight brings intriguing news that the project is about to cast another key role, albeit in a very different way than the original. Andrea Riseborough, hot off a succesful Oscar season with Best Picture victor Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), is in talks to play the villainous Top Dollar in the redo, according to Deadline.
In the novel and the ’94 film, Top Dollar was the (male) leader of a criminal syndicate responsible for torturing then killing the girlfriend (Findlay) of former rock star Eric Draven (Huston). The Crow heats up when Draven comes back from the dead, resurrected thanks to a mysterious bird, to take vengeance on Top Dollar and the rest of the thugs. Michael Wincott played Top Dollar in the original film, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Relativity Studios is in negotiations with Andrea Riseborough to play the villain in The Crow, the revamp of the fantasy pic that The Hallow‘s Corin Hardy is directing. Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston is already aboard to play Eric Draven, portrayed by Brandon Lee in the 1994 original. Claire Wilson wrote the adaptation based on James O'Barr's graphic novel. Riseborough would play Top Dollar, who in the novel and the original movie was the baddest of the bad… »
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A juggernaut of massive proportions in the Us, American Sniper was 2014’s highest grossing domestic film with a whopping $350 million. Clint Eastwood’s war/sniper epic saw the film earn six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Director and Actor for Bradley Cooper. Sienna Miller co-stars.
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Another in a line of comedy sequels that no-one really wanted (see Dumb and Dumber To), Hot Tub 2 sees Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry return sans John Cusack as they inadvertently travel »
- Scott J. Davis
While HBO execs aren't tied to the ratings like regular commercial channels, they have to air programs that will keep viewers subscribed. Which of their shows will be cancelled or renewed? We'll have to wait and see.
Scripted HBO shows listed: Boardwalk Empire, The Comeback, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, The Newsroom, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, True Blood, True Detective, and Veep.
Last update: Most recent ratings for Silicon Valley, Veep, and Game of Thrones added.
There's lots of data that HBO execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series. The ratings for initial airings don't play as large a role as they do on commercial stations but they are still an indication of how popular a show is. Here's an updated listing of HBO's »
Entertainment One has scooped up U.S. distribution rights for “The Wannabe,” Patricia Arquette‘s first film since winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Boyhood” in February, TheWrap has learned. Co-starring “Boardwalk Empire”‘s Vincent Piazza and “The Sopranos” alum Michael Imperioli, director Nick Sandow’s drama follows a duo obsessed with American mafia culture. Martin Scorsese served as an executive producer, with lead producers in Piazza, Lizzie Nastro and Michael Gasparro. Dean Devlin and Traction Media are also billed as EPs, with Electric Entertainment fully financing the project. Devlin’s Electric sales outfit continues to shop international rights at the Cannes Film Market. »
- Matt Donnelly
Set for release in the UK in November, we’ve got our first trailer look at Steve Jobs, the biopic of the ‘brilliant man’ behind Apple.
Check out the trailer below:
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson.
Steve Jobs is set for release on November 13th 2015 and features Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Steve Jobs, Kate Winslet (Insurgent) as Joanna Hoffman, Seth Rogen (The Interview) as Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels »
- Luke Owen
Universal has decided Sunday evening is the best time to premiere the first trailer for Steve Jobs offering the first look at Michael Fassbender as the founder of Apple. Directed by Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) and written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), the film is set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, taking us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter. Sorkin's screenplay was adapted with the aid of Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography of the Apple founder and co-stars Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh; Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple; and Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley. Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) stars as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs' ex-girlfriend and Michael Stuhlbarg ("Boardwalk Empire") stars as Andy Hertzfeld, one »
- Brad Brevet
Read More: Image Entertainment Acquires Indie Horror 'Some Kind of Hate' Image Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights to Jackie Early Haley's new film "Criminal Activities." The deal was announced by parent company Rlj's CEO of Image Brands, Mark Ward, who called the film, "A smart, witty extremely commercial thriller with elements of 'Boiler Room' and 'Reservoir Dogs' and an ending you don't see coming." From the official synopsis: "'Criminal Activities' tells the story of four young men who, while acting on an inside tip, invest in a 'sure thing' only to discover the deal going south which putting them in trouble with the mob." Oscar nominee Jackie Earle Haley ("Little Children," "Watchmen") directs and stars in the film, which was written by Robert Lowell. John Travolta ("Pulp Fiction"), Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey"), Michael Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire"), Christopher »
- Becca Nadler
Production on the film version will begin in the Lake District this summer. BBC Films and the BFI developed the project and are on-board for production finance.
The film is set over an idyllic English summer holiday where the Walker children and their sailing rivals, the Blacketts, run amok in their boats against the impressive backdrop of the Lake District. But when the Walker’s uncle Jim is revealed »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Written by Blake Crouch
Directed by M. Night Shymalan
Airs Thursdays at 9pm (Et) on Fox
As even a cursory glance at the TV Tropes page will tell you, the idea of a seemingly normal town with a dark secret is one of popular culture’s most frequently explored ideas. The dichotomy of an idyllic life with lurking horrors underneath it has been deployed by everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King to David Lynch to David E. Kelley, yielding a spectrum of results and interpretations. There’s been so many of them, in fact, that it’s dulled the impact of the genre because the audience is expecting something strange to happen before too long. For a new entry to stand out, it needs to have either an incredibly distinctive voice or a twist on the structure that transcends its stock setting. »
- Les Chappell
Diamond Pictures is handling international sales in Cannes. Wme Global repped the filmmakers.
Haley directed “Criminal Activities” from Robert Lowell’s script. He also co-stars with Travolta, Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire”), Christopher Abbott (“Girls”), Rob Brown and Edi Gathegi (“X-Men: First Class”).
Image is planning a theatrical release in the fall. The film tells the story of four young men who, while acting on an inside tip, invest in a “sure thing” only to discover the deal going south, thereby putting them in trouble with the mob.
- Dave McNary
A star vehicle and then some, “Bessie” casts Queen Latifah as blues singer Bessie Smith, in a big, bold movie that’s as vibrant, raw and musical as it is unfocused and messy. Dispensing with the customary closing note about Smith’s life, director Dee Rees’ long-simmering biopic is somewhat episodic in charting Smith’s rise and fall, but it’s sprinkled with wonderful supporting performances to augment a central tour de force that seems destined to drown out the rest of the longform field come awards time. HBO likes to offer prestige movies as the Emmy window closes, and Latifah’s “Bessie” more than fits the marquee.
How long has “Bessie” been kicking around? Executive producer Richard Zanuck and acclaimed writer Horton Foote (who shares a “story by” credit with Rees), died in 2012 and 2009, respectively. The two decades spent bringing the project to the screen, however, have paid off »
- Brian Lowry
Thomas Greco (Vincent Piazza), the hero of Nick Sandow’s debut feature, “The Wannabe,” is an aspiring mafioso. But the more desperately he tries to ingratiate himself with the mob, the more he creeps them out: After he hooks up with soulmate Rose (a magnificent Patricia Arquette), his kicked-puppy devotion turns proactive and he sets out to rob the very gangsters he wants to impress. Unlike Ray de Felitta’s wildly imaginative, underrated cocktail of humor and pathos, “Rob the Mob,” based on the same true-life story, “The Wannabe” takes a conventional tack. Though unlikely to catapult the pic very far, Arquette’s first movie performance since her Oscar-winning turn in “Boyhood” should assure distribution.
The film opens in Gotham in the early ’90s in the midst of the John Gotti trial, with the city divided between those who want the Mafia boss prosecuted and those who worship at the »
- Ronnie Scheib
Makeup artist Beverly Jo Pryor (“Empire,” “Selma,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”), hairstylist Francesca Paris (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) and costume designer Ann Roth (“The English Patient,” “The Book of Mormon”) have been named the honorees of the 2015 Designing Women Awards, presented every year by New York Women in Film & Television.
Co-presented by Variety in a gala ceremony, the evening will fete the industry’s top costume designers, makeup artists and hairstylists. The Variety Ensemble Award will go to the makeup, hair and costume design artists behind Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” (pictured above).
- Marianne Zumberge
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