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Sony Pictures has hired Brad Anderson to direct a new action thriller called Shadow Run. I’m a big fan of Anderson’s past work, which includes The Machinist, Session 9, and Transsiberian. The guy is a talented filmmaker who is good with the characters and stories he tells. He has also worked on TV series such as The Wire, Fringe, Boardwalk Empire, and The Killing.
Shadow Run comes from a spec script by Joe Gazzam. The story begins when "a viral attack puts lives in danger, forcing a CIA agent to enact a secret prisoner exchange: Russia’s most notorious spy for the American scientist who can create a cure.”
Anderson recently helmed The Call, which starred Halle Berry, as well as last month’s Stonehearst Asylum, starring Kate Beckinsale. I’m looking forward to seeing how this new project of his pans out. I think Marvel needs to »
- Joey Paur
With "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" opening this weekend, box office watchers are wondering if it will be the year's biggest movie. Lionsgate is projecting a wide range between $130 million and $150 million for 4,151 screens in North America. Analysts say it could be much bigger and in fact one of the five biggest openings of all time. It should hold on to the top spot at the box office for at least three weeks before "Exodus: Gods and Kings" opens on December 12. For this third film in the blockbuster franchise, actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman all return. Variety -Break- Guild nominations are announced in the TV categories for the American Society of Cinematographers. 2014 Asc nominees for a regular series are "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones" (2), "Gotham," "Manhattan," and "Vikings." Nomine...' »
The Fyzz Facility production follows a celebrated novelist and TV personality who finds his reputation on the line when his life invaded by a lonely security guard who catches him shoplifting.
Producers are Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects), Wayne Marc Godfrey (Cake) and David Gilbery (Bone Tomahawk) for The Fyzz Facility with backing from The Fyzz Facility, Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI.
Tunnard’s feature debut
Principal photography has wrapped on UK comedy How To Live Yours starring Jodie Whittaker.
The film, about »
The Walt Disney Studios has confirmed that live-action and CGI film Pete’s Dragon will be filmed in New Zealand from January to April 2015. Production will be based at Peter Jackson’s Stone Street Studios in the nation’s capital of Wellington. Pete’s Dragon, to star Robert Redford, Boardwalk Empire actor Oakes Fegley and Matilda’s Oona Laurence, is the first studio feature to use Stone Street since production wrapped on The Hobbit films. Filming will also take place in several locations around New Zealand including the Bay of Plenty, Wellington and Canterbury regions. Its unclear if Weta Digital, another of Jackson’s
- Pip Bulbeck
Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to join the cast of Pete's Dragon, Disney’s remake of its 1977 classic children's movie. The cast so far includes relative newcomers Boardwalk Empire actor Oakes Fegley as Pete, Oona Laurence, who won a Tony for Broadway’s Matilda, as well as screen icon Robert Redford. David Lowery is directing the feature, which will shoot in New Zealand. Jim Whitaker is producing. While the original was set in a fishing village at the turn of the 20th century, the new story is set against the backdrop of loggers cutting down a forest. Pete is a boy
- Borys Kit
Cinemax’s horror comic adaptation, Outcast, is rounding out its cast (ahem), as THR reports five new names have joined Robert Kirkman’s exorcism tale.
Based on the comic published earlier this year, Kirkman will executive produce and pen the pilot, which revolves around Patrick Fugit’s leading man, Kyle Barnes. A troubled youngster who’s been plagued by possession since he was a small boy, when he goes in search of answers to his life’s woes he uncovers a secret that could end all life as we know it. The previously-announced Philip Glenister and Gabriel Bateman will accompany Fugit as a drunk preacher and possessed boy, respectively.
Joining that initial trio are five new names destined to battle the forces of darkness for this supernatural series. Reg E. Cathy (House Of Cards), Julia Crockett (Law And Order: Criminal Intent), Allison Barnes (Let It Shine), Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire »
- Gem Seddon
One thing you’ve got to hand to the SAG TV voters, they’re loyal to a fault. When it comes to the categories for individual acting, once they find someone they like, they stick with them.
Each year a host of veterans, not to mention a steady stream of series newcomers, is forced into the cold by familiar, entrenched names in comedy and drama alike.
So amidst the universal mourning for the “Breaking Bad” and “30 Rock” finales, there must have been a certain amount of secret glee among thesps. After all, the spot Bryan Cranston occupied in male actor, drama, for five consecutive years is now open for business, as are Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey’s in the comedy division, where they competed, and usually triumphed, a total of 15 times.
Opening up Cranston’s slot is particularly tantalizing, since the drama field is crowded indeed. Steve Buscemi of »
- Bob Verini
If you’ve ever wondered what Women & Women First looked like long before it opened its doors, Portlandia‘s fifth season — bowing in January — is for you.
Expect the episodes to go deep with your favorite characters, such as feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace, who’ll reveal how they came to open Portland’s lady-championing storefront.
Winners of the organization’s 29th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards will be announced on Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
Nominees for an episode of a regular series: P.J. Dillon for “Vikings,” “Blood Eagle” (History); Jonathan Freeman for “Boardwalk Empire,” “Golden Days for Boys and Girls” (HBO); Anette Haellmigk for “Game of Thrones,” “The Children” (HBO); Christopher Norr for “Gotham,” “Spirit of the Goat” (Fox); Richard Rutkowski for “Manhattan,” “Perestroika” (Wgn America) and Fabian Wagner for “Game of Thrones,” “Mockingbird” (HBO).
For a television movie, miniseries or pilot: David Greene for the TV movie “The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime); John Lindley for the “Manhattan” pilot (Wgn America); David Stockton for the “Gotham” pilot (Fox) and Theo Van de Sande for the TV »
- Dave McNary
The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has named its nominees for the organization’s 29th Annual Outstanding Achievement Awards. HBO is the top network contender with three nominations, while Fox and Lifetime each earning two. “Our members had a very difficult time choosing these nominees from such an incredible field of submissions," Asc President Richard Crudo said in a statement. “They have done superlative work in a very challenging medium, and we salute them.” For his work on "Boardwalk Empire’s" final season opener, Jonathan Freeman earned his eighth nomination. The Asc’s press release notes that he has won four Asc Awards for "Game of Thrones" (2014), "Boardwalk Empire" (2012, 2011), and "Homeland Security" (2005), with additional noms for "Taken" (2003), "Strange Justice" (2000) and "Prince Street" (1998). "Gotham" nominee David Stockton previously won for his work on "Eleventh Hour" (2009) and earned nominations for the "Alcatraz" pilot (2013), "Chase" (2012), and the "Nikita" pilot (2011). Other previous nominees include »
- Matt Patches
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently revealed that had Chris Pratt turned down the role of Star-Lord, he and Marvel would have made an offer to Glenn Howerton. At this point, it's hard to imagine anyone turning down Marvel for any reason except other contractual obligations or scheduing conflicts. Said Gunn, "Glenn came along a little bit later, but there was a good chance that, if I didn't cast Chris, that I would've cast Glenn Howerton in the role." That's interesting considering the long, Long, Long list of candidates initially in the running for the role. To be exact, Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy), James Marsden (X-Men) Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises »
Will Chris Pratt make the forever gestating "Cowboy Ninja Viking" finally happen? Kicking around since at least 2010, the comic adaptation has seen "Zombieland" writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick take a crack at the script, while Marc Forster at one point was attached to direct. None are involved now, but Pratt is reportedly attached to lead the movie at Universal. The story centers on Duncan, part of a "counter-intelligence program made up of Multiple Personality Disorder patients who are transformed into agents known as Triplets, so-called for their three different personalities (hence the title). Duncan subsequently escapes and uses his skills to track down the billionaire who masterminded the program." Sounds like 'Bourne,' but with a triplet twist. [Collider] Stephen Graham is stepping off "Boardwalk Empire" and into "A Patch Of Fog." The actor will star in the movie about "a celebrated novelist »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Exclusive: Cast confirmed for Fyzz Facility thriller which gets underway in Northern Ireland next week.
The Fyzz Facility production follows a celebrated novelist and TV personality who finds his reputation on the line and his life invaded by a lonely security guard (played by Graham) when he is caught shoplifting.
Producers are Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects), Wayne Marc Godfrey (Cake) and David Gilbery (Bone Tomahawk) for The Fyzz Facility with backing coming from The Fyzz Facility, Northern Ireland Screen and the BFI.
Lennox’s short »
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Martin Scorsese has yet another project bubbling away, though it’s one that, like Boardwalk Empire, he’s largely involved in shepherding rather than the day-to-day work. He’s assisting Mississippi Burning writer Chris Gerolmo with developing Cortes for HBO.The show is aiming to tell the epic story of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who battled the Aztec empire and brought it down, Malinche, the Mayan girl who was by his side as he did, and Montezuma (more accurately spelled 'Moctezuma'), the leader he first befriended and then locked in chains. Depending on your point of view, he was either a saint or a sinner, a hero or an invading menace who helped to destroy one of the greatest civilisations known to man. It's a compelling enough subject that Steven Spielberg is also planning a film based on the story. Benicio Del Toro is also involved in the gestating series as an executive producer, »
Martin Scorsese made his first foray into television with HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, helming the pilot and acting as an executive producer on the series. He recently delved into his second HBO project, an untitled 70s Rock ‘N Roll drama series from Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, and now he’s lining up a third potential series at the network: a drama revolving around the life of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. And who’s interest in playing the infamous explorer? That would be Benicio Del Toro. More after the jump. Per Deadline, Scorsese is developing the potential HBO series Cortes with writer/executive producer Chris Gerolmo (Mississippi Burning) and Del Toro, who will act as executive producer and is keen on taking the titular lead role. Cortés was responsible for bringing down the Aztec empire, as he lead the Spanish expedition to Mexico where he allied himself with certain indigenous peoples, »
- Adam Chitwood
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, True Blood, True Detective, and Veep.
Last update: Most recent ratings for The Comeback, Getting On, and The Newsroom 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 recent/current »
The project emerged first as a spec script by Joe Gazzam, which became the object of a financial tug of war between studios last February. Michael De Luca and Andrea Giannetti have been tasked with handling the film for Sony, and they’ll work alongside producers Neal H. Moritz and Hernany Perla.
Plot details are scarce at the moment, but Anderson’s involvement indicates that the script impressed the well-respected director. His past projects include Halle Berry thriller The Call, star-studded period mystery-thriller Stonehearst Asylum and episodes of acclaimed series like The Killing, Boardwalk Empire, Fringe, The Wire and Treme.
No casting has yet been announced, though Sony will likely be searching for a bankable, already established action star who can carry the pic. »
- Isaac Feldberg
With Boardwalk Empire ending this year, Martin Scorsese has several projects in development at the cable network. In addition to some documentaries to air on HBO, Scorsese is planning to direct the pilot for a 1970s set series about rock music from Terence Winter and Mick Jagger. But, there is another huge project Scorsese may be involved with alongside Benicio Del Toro. Deadline reports that Scorsese will produce and may direct Cortes alongside Del Toro who may star in the historical »
- Alex Maidy
Warner Bros. has released a new banner for Inherent Vice, the latest film from acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, The Master), which is adapted from the Thomas Pynchon novel of the same name. Check it out here…
See Also: First poster and trailer for Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin…well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love »
- Gary Collinson
Sony has just signed The Machinist‘s Brad Anderson to direct Shadow Run, the action thriller script by writer Joe Gazzam (Cliffhanger, Replay) that the studio picked up in February. The Bourne-esque spy tale is produced by Neil Moritz for Original Film and exec produced by Hernany Perla; Michael De Luca and Andrea Giannetti will oversee for Sony. Anderson, who broke out with the Christian Bale starrer The Machinist and has notched features Transsiberian, The Call, and the recent Stonehearst Aslum in recent years, has also been directing for TV on shows including The Wire, Fringe, Boardwalk Empire, and The Killing. Anderson recently helmed the pilot for Forever for ABC, WB TV, and Lin Pictures. He’s repped by Wme, Lbi Entertainment and Sloss Law.
- Jen Yamato
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