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The highly anticipated series landed with Amazon and the Weinstein Co. last fall after a competitive bidding war for the project, which has De Niro and Moore starring and Russell writing and directing.
Amazon has committed to two eight-episode seasons of the series, which will be produced by Russell, Alexandra Milchan, and Scott Lambert, who developed the project with Russell. Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser and Annapurna’s Megan Ellison are executive producers.
The project is being described as a mafia crime series; details beyond that, however, are vague. The details of Shannon’s role are also currently unknown.
Production is expected to start later this year in New York.
The casting marks Shannon’s return to television after playing federal agent-turned-Al Capone soldier George Mueller on the HBO mob drama “Boardwalk Empire »
- Justin Kroll
There aren’t enough fire emojis in the world to describe this first-look photo from HBO’s Fahrenheit 451… so we’ll just show it to you, Ok?
Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights) and Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) star in HBO’s new TV movie adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel that imagines a dark future where “firemen” burn books — which catch fire at the titular temperature — and history is outlawed. The photo above gives us our first glimpse of the movie so far, with Jordan »
Kirsten Howard Jul 13, 2017
Co-written with Jack Thorne, who Meadows has previously collaborated with on several This Is England projects, The Virtues is currently eyeing a 2019 air date, and Stephen Graham will be back in the Meadows fold as the star of this one.
Here's a synopsis from Channel 4:
"BAFTA-nominated Stephen Graham (This Is England, ’86, ’88, ’90, Boardwalk Empire, Taboo) stars as Joseph, a moral yet troubled man who’s lost everything he ever held dear and who finds himself compelled to travel to Ireland to confront »
You would think with all the talent involved with Universal‘s remake of “Scarface,” it should have no problem getting made. However, the project is beginning to smell like there are too many creative visions that are clashing and the studio doesn’t know what they want.
Continue reading ‘Scarface’ Remake Needs To Find Yet Another Director at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Nominations for the 69th annual Emmy Awards will be revealed tomorrow morning. As ever, we can only hope the 21,000-plus voting members can find interesting ways to acknowledge the year in television, rather than leaning on old standbys out of habit or, worse, ignorance to what’s fresh. You certainly can’t blame campaigns for doing everything they can to break through the glut.
While ballots were turned in two weeks ago and nothing I can do or say will influence the vote at this point, there are nevertheless a few deserving contenders worth championing that are at best on the bubble for a nomination, at worst completely buried by other choices. Fingers crossed we hear these names called tomorrow.
Might as well start with the longest of shots. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s six-episode series was one of the best things I saw on the small screen this year. It »
- Kristopher Tapley
After recently celebrating the world premiere of her thought-provoking thriller Never Here at the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival, Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up with writer/director Camille Thoman to discuss her approach to the project and the inspiration behind her debut narrative feature, working with her talented ensemble, which includes Mireille Enos (World War Z, The Killing), Sam Shepard (Blackhawk Down, The Right Stuff), Vincent Piazza (Rescue Me, Boardwalk Empire), and Goran Visnjic (ER, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and much more.
You did a really amazing job with the story, so congrats to you. I wanted to go back a little bit before working on this film, because I »
- Heather Wixson
The movie centers around the week of preparation for a wedding between Sandler’s character’s daughter and Rock’s character’s son. Sandler and Smigel co-wrote the script.
The film will premiere globally on Netflix in 2018. The streaming network announced in March that it would be financing and producing four more films with Sandler in the wake of its four-movie deal with Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions.
- Dave McNary
Deadline is reporting that Netflix has placed a ten-episode series order for Everything Sucks!, a half-hour coming-of-age dramedy set in the 1990s.
The show hails from writers Ben York Jones (Like Crazy) and Michael Mohan (Save the Date) and is described as a quirky, funny coming-of-age story that follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon.
“Some of our favorite shows of all time — The Wonder Years, Happy Days, That 70s Show, Freaks and Geeks — looked back at bygone eras with 20 years of hindsight,” said Jones and Mohan. “We think this is a great time to take a look back at high school and relive the fashion, music, and attitudes of the mid-’90’s the way we remember it. Not sensationalized, not watered down; but desperate, heartfelt, awkward, and exciting.”
“We’re looking forward to spending some time back in the ‘90s, »
- Gary Collinson
CAA has hired Danielle Shebby as an agent in the motion picture talent department, reuniting her with former colleague Dana Harris, who moved from Wme to CAA in April. Shebby began her career at Wme in 2010 and was promoted to agent in 2013. At Wme, she had a client list including “Hidden Figures” and “Moonlight” star Janelle Monáe, “Boardwalk Empire’s” Steve Buscemi, “It’s” Bill Skarsgård, “Lady Macbeth’s” Florence Pugh, “Asassination Nation’s” Odessa Young, “Power Rangers'” Naomi Scott, “Apostle’s” Kristine Froseth, “It Comes at Night’s” Kelvin Harrison Jr., “Hello Destroyer’s” Jared Abrahamson, “Iron Fist’s” Jessica Henwick, »
- Matt Pressberg
You knew it was coming. It was just a matter of time. Periscope Entertainment announced today Charlie Hofheimer (24: Legacy, Black Hawk Down), Aleksa Palladino (Boardwalk Empire, Halt and Catch Fire), Robin Lord Taylor (Gotham, The Walking Dead), and Clarke Peters (The Wire, John Wick) have signed on to star in David Guy Levy's psychological sci-fi thriller The Mandela Effect, written by Steffen Schlachtenhaufen and Levy. The film marks their second creative collaboration following Would You Rather. Joshua Fruehling, Levy and Schlachtenhaufen are producing under the Periscope banner.
The Mandela Effect follows a man who becomes obsessed with facts and events that have been collectively misremembered by thousands of people. Believing the phenomena to be the symptom of something much larger, his obsession eventually leads him to question reality itself. Principal photography is currently underway in Los Angeles. Director and Periscope Entertainment's David Guy Levy said this.
Danielle Shebby has joined CAA as an agent in the Motion Picture Talent department. She moves from Wme, where she had been since 2010, and where she was promoted to agent in December 2013. She is a well regarded up-and-coming dealmaker, who at Wme worked with actors such as Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Bill Skarsgård (It), Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Odessa Young (Assassination Nation), Naomi Scott (Power Rangers), Kristine Froseth (A… »
Netflix is going retro.
The streaming giant has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for 1990s-set comedy Everything Sucks.
From the Zoo team of Jeff Pinkner (Fringe), Scott Rosenberg (October Road), Josh Appelbaum (October Road) and André Nemec (Alias), the project is described as a quirky, funny, coming-of-age story. It follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a drama club, who collide in 1996 Oregon.
- Lesley Goldberg
Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans, the delightful and heartwarming period piece, Their Finest, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD on July 11 from Lionsgate; Digital HD on June 30 and On Demand on July 11 from EuropaCorp.
Now you can own Their Finest Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie co-starring Gemma Arterton (mine is Hansel And Gretel – Witch Hunters!). It’s so easy!
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- Tom Stockman
'Making Love': Groundbreaking romantic gay drama returns to the big screen As part of its Anniversary Classics series, Laemmle Theaters will be presenting Arthur Hiller's groundbreaking 1982 romantic drama Making Love, the first U.S. movie distributed by a major studio that focused on a romantic gay relationship. Michael Ontkean, Harry Hamlin, and Kate Jackson star. The 35th Anniversary Screening of Making Love will be held on Saturday, June 24 – it's Gay Pride month, after all – at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. The movie will be followed by a Q&A session with Harry Hamlin, screenwriter Barry Sandler, and author A. Scott Berg, who wrote the “story” on which the film is based. 'Making Love' & What lies beneath In this 20th Century Fox release – Sherry Lansing was the studio head at the time – Michael Ontkean plays a »
- Andre Soares
Based on the best-selling novel by Lissa Evans, the delightful and heartwarming period piece, Their Finest, arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD on July 11 from Lionsgate; Digital HD on June 30 and On Demand on July 11 from EuropaCorp. From the producers of Brooklyn and Carol, Their Finest takes place in Britain during World War II and tells the story of a film crew as they create a movie to boost the country’s morale after the Blitz. Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Golden Globe winner Bill Nighy (2007, Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television, Gideon’s Daughter) lead an all-star cast in what Andrew Barker at Variety considers “a relentlessly charming romantic comedy.” Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education, One Day), the Their Finest Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
1940, London, the Blitz. With England’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, works under fire with a makeshift cast and crew to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits, and inspire America to join the war. Catrin and a fellow writer, Buckley (Sam Claflin), reluctantly joins forces with fading matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy) on a movie to warm the hearts of the nation and capture the imagination of the American public.
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- Tom Stockman
Michael Kenneth Williams has been involved in some of the greatest dramatic shows in television history, starting with his role as fearsome stick-up man Omar in David Simon’s seminal show “The Wire,” and continuing through “The Sopranos,” “Boardwalk Empire” and many more. And this year, Williams has an abundance of riches: He’s entered in the Emmy race for his performances in Dustin Lance Black’s miniseries “When We Rise” and the Sundance series “Hap and Leonard,” as well as for hosting and executive producing the Vice investigative show “Black Market With Michael K. Williams.” But it’s unlikely that any of those projects. »
- Steve Pond
For years, Michelle Dougherty had a dream. She wanted to create titles that echoed the work of Richard Greenberg, who created the opening credits for ’80s movies like “Alien,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Blow Out.”
As creative director at title-design powerhouse Imaginary Forces (“Mad Men,” “Boardwalk Empire”), Dougherty created many iconic title sequences of her own — but when she pitched the concept of an ’80s homage to showrunners and directors, no one was interested.
“Richard is the one who really pioneer this idea in movies that you can create mood with just typography,” said Dougherty. “It was incredibly avant-garde for the time period.”
Read More: The Best New Opening Title Sequences for 2016-2017 — IndieWire Critics Survey
And then she met the Duffer Brothers — and they were the ones who brought up Greenberg in their initial discussions of what they wanted from their Netflix show, “Stranger Things.” Not only were the Duffers familiar with his work, they considered it an iconic part of the ’80s movies their show referenced.
Dougherty was thrilled — but the Duffers rejected her first pass at creating the “Stranger Things” typography as too modern.
“They were influenced by book covers as kids,” said Dougherty. “They sent over a Stephen King book with ’80s typography, which was big, bold, chunky, almost decorative.”
Read More: ‘Westworld’: How Elastic Created Those Spectacular Main Titles
Dougherty was able to trace back the particular typeface to the famed 20th-century typographer Ed Benguit, who created over 600 typefaces, including the self named Itc Benguit that was popular on ’80s paperbacks like the one the Duffers sent her.
However, getting the right ’80s typeface was only the first step in creating the feel the Duffers wanted.
“Originally we had these kind of snappy, modern-looking moves,” said Daugherty. “The animator I was working with, Eric Demeusy, is a genius, but he’s younger. He wanted it to feel very fresh. I remember the ’80s, things didn’t move that quickly because of technology. During that time, the beginning of my career, I remember we use to film things out, which is a different process. The movement isn’t as slick as it is now.”
Read More: 10 TV Shows Emmy Voters Need to Watch Before They Fill Out Their Ballots
As Dougherty started to think of the imperfections in ’80s titles, she also remembered that things weren’t perfectly uniform. Slightly jagged movements, flickering lights, and color inconsistency were natural products of transferring to film. However, research proved her wrong: Such imperfections were more prevalent in the ’60s and ’70s.
Still, Dougherty felt there was something too clean about the otherwise beautiful work Demeusy created. She liked the idea of the tactile, almost handmade feel of those imperfections. She started studying ’60s and ’70s titles to find examples that she could share with Demeusy.
“When you look the titles for ‘Stranger Things,’ when the type fades up and down, there’s a little pink residual color that we added in there,” said Dougherty. “We added those things because we wanted to make it feel like film. We actually wanted to film something out, just to do a test, but we couldn’t find anyone in L.A. that could do it for us.”
One of the struggles title sequence designers face is they often have to work before music has been selected.However, the Duffers had already identified the synth music (by the experimental soundscape band Survive, based in Austin), and that’s one reason Dougherty thinks the “Stranger Things” title sequence works so well. Matching the tone of the distinct music greatly informed the movement, feel, and texture of the animated typography.
In the age of binge watching, Dougherty has heard complaints that opening titles can be boring. On other shows, she’s often having to find ways to embed Easter eggs and story details to keep the titles fresh. With “Stranger Things,” that isn’t the case.
“What the Duffers did that was really brilliant was the placement of the title sequence right after a very dramatic moment,” said Dougherty. “It’s almost the palate cleanser, or moment of breath. I think part of the reason these particular titles feel fresh is because it’s become integral to the storytelling.”
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- Chris O'Falt
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: Animals, Ballers, Big Little Lies, Boardwalk Empire, The Brink, The Comeback, Crashing, Divorce, Eastbound & Down, Game of Thrones, Getting On, Girls, Hello Ladies, Insecure, Jonah from Tonga, The Leftovers, Looking, The Newsroom, The Night Of, Silicon Valley, Togetherness, True Blood, True Detective, Veep, Vinyl, Vice Principals, Westworld, and The Young Pope.Last update: Most recent ratings for Silicon Valley and Veep 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 »
Al Capone is America’s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city and an interesting variety of Hollywood stars have had the leading role as Al Capone in the many films that have been made that featured him as a character.
The first film about Capone was produced when he was still making headlines. The main character may be named Antonio Camonte, but there’s little doubt as to who producer Howard Hughes had in mind when he and director Howard Hawks filmed Scarface during the Great Depression. Camonte shares more than the same initials with one Al Capone, who was about to begin his eleven-year sentence for tax evasion when the movie was released »
- Tom Stockman
Everyone knows that to become a successful actor, working hard and having connections are some of the most important factors. It is undeniable, however, that those with great natural talent will almost always rise to the top of the industry. While some actors require years of training to develop their talents, some are recognized as exceptional from a young age. One such individual is the highly gifted Michael Stuhlbarg. Stuhlbarg is likely best known for his work in notable productions like Boardwalk Empire, Men in Black 3, and Steve Jobs. His latest project is the highly popular series Fargo. Although
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Stuhlbarg »
- Timothy Hickey
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