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Catching Fire is inventing new kinds of money to make. So, lest there was any doubt, there will be a Mockingjay movie. Or rather, two Mockingjay movies. Heck, they’re filming the movies right now; maybe they’ll squeeze out a third one in their spare time. Book-splitting isn’t so much a trend as it is Standard Operating Procedure for now: Popularized by Harry Potter, debased by Twilight, taken to ludicrous extremes by The Hobbit. But splitting up Mockingjay offers a particular challenge to the filmmakers: How do you turn that book into two different PG-13 movies?
- Darren Franich
Which Hollywood couple’s daughter was just named Miss Golden Globe 2014?Sosie Bacon -- the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick -- will be passing out statues at next year's award show in January.Every year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestows the honor to the child of an established actor or actress."I am so grateful to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for naming me this year's Miss Golden Globe. As a young actress who is just beginning my career, it is truly an honor to be a part of such a special night in film and television," Sosie said. "I can only hope to continue the legacy and tradition of Miss Golden Globe by following in the footsteps of my predecessors."Some of the former honorees include Francesca Eastwood, Rumor Willis and Dakota Johnson.Melanie Griffith ("Working Girl") and Laura Dern ("Recount" and "Enlightened") have even become Golden Globes winners themselves. »
- tooFab Staff
When we last reported on "El Presidente," the high-concept buddy movie about a clean cut Secret Service agent and the disheveled, alcoholic schlub of an ex-president he's assigned to protect, Tom Cruise was loosely attached, as was "Recount" director Jay Roach, with Robert Downey, Jr. being eyed for the pivotal role of the ex-prez. Well, it looks like Cruise held onto the project and has brought aboard his "Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman to helm the project. And what's more, the two are making a bid to get an even bigger name for the role of the former commander-in-chief: Jack Nicholson. According to a Hollywood Reporter report, Liman and Cruise have made a "last ditch effort" to court Nicholson, with the pair visiting Nicholson's home last week and Cruise telling his "Few Good Men" costar that "he won't do the movie without him." Sure, Tom.While Nicholson, who has »
- Drew Taylor
Jack Black and Tim Robbins are heading to television. THR reports that the duo will lead a half-hour dark comedy pilot for HBO called The Brink, which is being produced by Meet the Parents and Austin Powers director Jay Roach. The series focuses on “a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men,” with Robbins playing the U.S. Secretary of State and Black playing a foreign service officer who is reluctantly caught on the ground. The third role of a Navy fighter pilot has yet to be cast. Roach has a history with HBO as of late on the more dramatic side of things, as he directed the impressive political features Recount and Game Change. Weeds alum Roberto Benabib is writing the pilot script alongside his brother Kim Benabib while Roach will direct. Black and Robbins, who both appeared in Anchorman and Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, »
- Adam Chitwood
Jack Black and Tim Robbins are set to star in "The Brink," an upcoming dark comedy series from HBO and executive producers Roberto Benabib, Jay Roach and Jerry Weintraub. The show will follow three men: Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins), foreign service officer Alex Coppins (Black) and Navy pilot Zeke Callahan (yet to be cast) as they each deal with the same massive geopolitical crisis from their own unique perspective. Benabib will provide the screenplay for the pilot with Roach planning on directing. Roach previously helmed the HBO telefilms "Recount" and "Game Change." (Photo Credit: FayesVision / Dvsil / iPhotoLive.com / WENN.com) »
The line between fiction and reality keeps getting blurrier.
So it’s little surprise that there are twice as many reality-based films currently vying for awards attention as last year, when one of those, “Argo,” took home the best picture Oscar.
Even though such movies are tough to pull off, filmmakers agree that the jump in numbers (from 8 to 17) is due to several factors, including audience tastes, studio responsiveness, filmmakers’ determination and the social-media world we now inhabit.
Condon suggests that thanks to public platforms like YouTube and Twitter, “People are starring in the movies of their own lives and sharing those things with everybody else.”
Hollywood biopics have flourished since the 1930s, and found new energy in recent years with the success of »
- Tim Gray
Former Weeds executive producer Roberto Benabib is taking on another dark comedy premium cable project. He has teamed with HBO-based producers Jay Roach and Jerry Weintraub for The Brink, a half-hour comedy, which has received a pilot order from the network. Directed by Roach and written by Benabib and his brother, Kim Benabib, The Brink is described as an epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander, lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Coppins and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Callahan. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III. Roberto Benabib, Weintraub and Roach are executive producing, with Kim Benabib serving as a co-executive producer. Roach won Emmys for directing and executive producing the HBO movies Recount and Game Change, both of which dealt with political events. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Exclusive: The duo behind hit feature Lee Daniels’ The Butler – writer Danny Strong and director Lee Daniels — are reuniting, this time in television. Strong and Daniels have been brought back together by Brian Grazer for a hip hop drama project that sparked heated bidding among the four major broadcast networks before landing at Fox with a put pilot commitment. Written by Strong and to be directed by Daniels, the untitled project is described as a unique family drama set in the world of a hip hop empire. 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV are producing, with Strong, Daniels, Grazer and Francie Calfo executive producing. The deal for the TV project comes just as Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, crossed the $100 million box office mark in North America. It would mark Daniels’ TV debut, while Strong started his writing career in TV with HBO’s Recount and Game Change, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Thankfully, we won't have to wait long to soak in more of the glory of Bryan Cranston.
The actor, who finishes his run as science-teacher-turned-drug-kingpin Walter White on AMC's critically acclaimed "Breaking Bad," has just scored his first big post-show role: as blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. "Recount" and "Game Change" director Jay Roach will helm the project, which is based on a script by John McNamara.
Trumbo was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood when he was sent to prison for refusing to answer questions related to Congress's House On UnAmerican Activities Committee, as part of the infamous witch hunt to out supposed Soviet subversives hiding within the entertainment industry. Still, you couldn't keep a talent like Trumbo down, and during his time as part of the blacklist, continued to write, even scoring two Academy Awards under pseudonyms.
The writer endured and fought against the Hollywood and D. »
- Drew Taylor
Breathe easy, Bryan Cranston fans (Crans?): Heisenberg won't exit Breaking Bad only to tumble straight into more tiny supporting parts (Drive, Argo) and roles in tentpole junk (Total Recall, John Carter). Jay Roach has cast Cranston as the lead in a film about Dalton Trumbo, who was one of Hollywood's highest paid screenwriters when he was sent to prison in 1950 for refusing to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. According to Deadline, "Trumbo became the movies' most prolific blacklisted writer, secretly writing such classics as Roman Holiday and winning two Academy Awards — under fake names." Roach recently did some solid work directing HBO's Recount and Game Change, but he also made the Austin Powers movies and Dinner for Schmucks — meaning there's no guarantee he's the guy to give Bryan Cranston his much-deserved Big Compelling Post-BrBa project. But Trumbo should trump Godzilla. Unless Godzilla's awesome. »
- Zach Dionne
News Simon Brew 19 Aug 2013 - 07:07
Bradley Cooper has seemingly moved from one in-development Lance Armstrong biopic to another, as it's been revealed that he's now set to produce and star in Red Blooded American, which Jay Roach is directing. Cooper had previously been linked to Cycle Of Lies, that's being put together by Bad Robot (Jj Abrams' production company) and Paramount Pictures. He will either take on the role of Lance Armstrong or his former teammate Tyler Hamilton in the new film.
Red Blooded American is a Warner Bros project, with a screenplay by Scott Z Burns, who penned both Contagion and Side Effects. Jay Roach, meanwhile, whilst best known for Austin Powers and the first two Meet The Parents films, has built up a »
There’s something to the idea of walking into a movie and having your expectations met. Not exceeded, not let down, but the movie you see is exactly what you expected it to be. This is Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a sometimes compelling, sometimes contrived, but mostly very engaging, nearly true tale of one man’s 30-year career as a White House butler. There’s a lot of history there and a lot of tumultuous change in society of which the ripple effects are still being felt. But at the end of the day, The Butler is at its heart a tale of how those changes were seen through the eyes of men of two different generations: a father and his son.
The film follows Cecil Gaines, played by Forest Whitaker, who begins life in the cotton fields of the south working alongside his family until the day his father »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Okay let's do the background stuff on this first. You might remember that at the beginning of the year rumors swirled that Bradley Cooper would be taking the role of Lance Armstrong in a movie slated to be produced by J.J. Abrams. Cooper said he had "no idea" that such a project existed, though he did say he was interested in playing the disgraced cyclist. That's certainly proving true as Cooper is now pedaling toward a rival project over at Warner Bros., although he isn't committed to play Armstrong just yet. This spring it was revealed that another Armstrong movie was being developed by screenwriter Scott Z. Burns ("Side Effects," "Contagion") to be directed by Jay Roach ("Game Change," "Recount"), and that's the one Cooper is kicking the tires on. Now titled "Red Blooded American," the actor is in talks produce the movie and star in it either as Armstrong or as Tyler Hamilton, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Directed by Lee Daniels
Written by Danny Strong
Lee Daniels’ The Butler is an intensely silly film, but all things considered, it’s silly for unexpected reasons. A movie that offers up the image of John Cusack playing President Richard Nixon, with the only distinction between Cusack’s normal visage and his Nixonian veneer being a Pinocchio-like nasal extension, should have its silliness all sewn up in such goofy celebrity casting. But instead, what makes Lee Daniels’ The Butler almost entertainingly ridiculous is less the eclectic, deliberately weird cameos and more a flat, sappy, and inconsistent-to-the-point-of-being-schizophrenic script that very badly wants to tie its title character to Important Events of the 20th Century without fleshing said character in at all.
Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, a kind young man who becomes one of the butlers at the White House in the mid-1950s after rising »
- Josh Spiegel
Usually once or twice during the big Summer movie season, the Hollywood studios release a film that’s a bit more serious than the action, science fiction, fantasy comedy blockbusters that normally populate the multiplex during those balmy months. Bypassing the Oscar-bait year-end log jam this time is Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Like the recent independent feature Fruitvale Station, it concerns a hot-button topic from recent headlines: race relations. While Station told the story of a fairly recent true-life incident, the new film spans several decades with special emphasis on the tumultuous 1960′s much like the Summer drama of 2011 The Help (which later did take home some Oscar gold). So, are movie audiences ready to take a break from the car chases and explosions, and embark on a trip through some dark moments of America’s recent history? And will Academy voters remember this drama when they begin filling out »
- Jim Batts
Eighty years of the black experience in America is a lot to cram into 132 minutes, but Lee Daniels provides a fascinating survey of 20th-century domestic racism in "The Butler." While it's ostensibly the story of the title character, who views the passage of history in his service to seven presidents, the movie feels most alive when it exits the White House. Actor ("Mad Men," "Gilmore Girls") turned screenwriter Danny Strong has proven his adeptness at the popcorn-politics saga with his breezily witty and watchable HBO movies "Recount" and "Game Change." He »
- Alonso Duralde
The director of “Precious” and “The Paperboy” plays things relatively straight in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” a sprawling, highly fictional biopic of longtime White House butler Eugene Allen that also positions itself as a panoramic snapshot of the African-American experience across nine decades. But if Daniels has tamped down the kinky sexuality and outre stylistic flourishes for his first PG-13 outing, his handprints can still be found in the film’s volatile mix of acting styles, gratuitous sentimentality cut with moments of real emotional power, and a tone that seesaws between serious social melodrama and outsized chitlin’-circuit theatrical. At its root the kind of starry, old-fashioned prestige pic the studios used to make, this stealthy late-summer release from the Weinstein Co. (smartly moved up from its original fall date) stands to make a modest killing with oxygen-deprived adult moviegoers, whom the pic will have pretty much to itself between »
- Scott Foundas
Before getting into the political drama arena with HBO's Recount and Game Change, Jay Roach cut his teeth on comedies like Austin Powers and Meet the Parents. Now Roach is merging the jokiness and, with any luck, the HBOness with The Third Coast. Annette Bening is attached to star as "a larger-than-life casting director in New Mexico." The single-camera comedy was written by Paul Rudnick (The Stepford Wives) and isn't definitely headed to HBO but most likely will end up there. »
- Zach Dionne
Ja from Mnpp here - while it's still quite a ways off from being a thing sitting in front of our eyeballs, if indeed it ever does, I figure this is the sort of news that the Tfe readership wouldn't want to miss: Annette Bening might be headlining a series for HBO. Deadline's reporting that The Bening, as she's known round these parts, is looking at a series called The Third Coast, about "a larger than life casting director in New Mexico," that would be directed by Jay Roach and was written by Paul Rudnick.
Roach got his start with the Austin Powers movies before moving on to the Fockers series and then more recently making that memorable back-to-back pair of political powerhouses for HBO, Recount and Game Change. Meanwhile Paul Rudnick wrote Addams Family Values, and that is everything. (Seriously though, Rudnick's "Libby Gelman-Waxner" character for Premiere Magazine back »
Exclusive: A potential single-camera comedy series for HBO is building a formidable team. Jay Roach is set to direct the project, titled The Third Coast, which has Annette Bening attached to star. I hear Bening and the producers are doing an informal reading to get a feel for the show before they take it formally to HBO, the network for which it is earmarked. Written by Paul Rudnick, Third Coast revolves around a larger-than-life casting director (Bening) in New Mexico. Rudnick, Roach and John Lyons executive produce. The Third Coast brings Oscar-nominated Bening back to HBO where she toplined the 2005 movie Mrs. Harris, earning an Emmy nomination. For Roach, Third Coast falls under a two-year deal with HBO he inked last year on the heels of back-to-back best movie/miniseries and directing Emmys he landed for the network’s Recount and Game Change. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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