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Jason Bateman, Tina Fey & Jane Fonda Are Among Family In This Is Where I Leave You Poster

10 July 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Check out the brand new poster for This Is Where I Leave You.

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.

The dramatic comedy is directed by Shawn Levy, and based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper. It features a starring ensemble cast including Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development »

- Michelle McCue

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This Is Where I Leave You Trailer Stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda

28 May 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Watch the first trailer for This Is Where I Leave You, starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne and Oscar-winner Jane Fonda.

This looks great. I can’t wait to see it!

The dramatic comedy This Is Where I Leave You is directed by Shawn Levy, and based on the hilarious and poignant best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper. It features a starring ensemble cast including Golden Globe winner Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”); Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Tina Fey (“30 Rock”); and two-time Oscar winner, multiple Golden Globe honoree and 2013 Emmy Award nominee Jane Fonda (“Klute,” “Coming Home,” HBO’s “The Newsroom”).

When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. »

- Michelle McCue

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Austin Powers' Jay Roach To Direct Ben Affleck And Matt Damon's New York Yankee Wife-Swapping Movie

8 May 2014 3:12 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Director Jay Roach is primarily known for his work in the comedy genre, having broken out with Austin Powers International Man of Mystery in 1997 and following it up with movies like the first two titles in the Meet The Parents trilogy, but he has had his chance to dabble a bit in drama. In the last decade he went to HBO twice to make the politically charged dramas Game Change and Recount, and while his return to the big screen was the Will Ferrell-Zach Galafianakis comedy The Campaign, apparently Roach is ready to bring his more dramatic game to the big screen. He is now attached to helm The Trade, a true story-based baseball film that is being guided by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon and has been in the works since 2010. Initially it looked like there was a possibility that Affleck and Damon could star in the movie, »

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Jay Roach in Talks to Direct Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Yankees Wife Swap Film The Trade

8 May 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though Ben Affleck and Matt Damon haven’t appeared together onscreen in starring roles for quite some time, the duo have been trying to get another project off the ground.  A few years ago, it looked as though the reunion would happen on a film based on the 1970s baseball scandal involving the swapping of wives between New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich.  Titled The Trade, the idea was that Damon would direct and star opposite Affleck and Casey Affleck, but their busy schedules forced the project into limbo.  Now it appears that Warner Bros. is reviving the project with a new director at the helm: Jay Roach. Hit the jump for more, including what roles Damon and Affleck will fill in this new iteration of the project. Per Variety, Recount and Meet the Parents director Jay Roach is in negotiations to helm The Trade for Warner Bros. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Jay Roach to Direct Baseball Sex Scandal Movie for Warner Bros.

8 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jay Roach is ready to look to the world of sports for his next movie as he is in negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ “The Trade” produced by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Affleck, Damon and Jennifer Todd will produce through their Pearl Street Films banner.

The film is based on the 1970s scandal caused by New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich, who admitted to swapping wives with one another. Affleck and his brother, Casey, penned the most recent draft with David Mandel writing the original script.

Ben Affleck and Damon have been trying to get the film off the ground since 2010, with Damon originally eyed to direct and star alongside Ben Affleck and his brother Casey. Busy schedules and script work forced those plans to be cancelled, putting the film in development limbo ever since. Neither Ben Affleck or Damon are now expected to appear in the film. »

- Justin Kroll

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Danny Strong makes directorial debut with Jd Salinger biopic

30 April 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Danny Strong will make his directorial debut with a Jd Salinger biopic.

The actor and screenwriter will direct Salinger's War - based on Kenneth Slawensk's biography of the Catcher in the Rye author - according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actor wrote Lee Daniels' The Butler and is working on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 and 2.

The film will follow Salinger's career from struggling outsider to literary giant, including his experiences during World War II.

Strong has also been seen in Justified, Mad Men, Pleasantville, Dangerous Minds and a recent episode of Girls.

He wrote HBO's Emmy-winning miniseries Game Change and Recount.

Strong used his own money to option Slawensk's Jd Salinger: A Life as the basis for Salinger's War. »

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Danny Strong Will Direct J.D. Salinger Biopic

30 April 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Actor and writer Danny Strong, who won Emmys for his screenplays for Recount and Game Change and a permanent place in our hearts for his roles on Buffy and Gilmore Girls, has signed on for his directorial debut. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Strong will direct Salinger's War, based on the book Jd Salinger: A Life. Believe it or not, it's about J.D. Salinger. Strong has something of a background in adapting material; in addition to his two HBO movies, he wrote the screenplays for the third and fourth Hunger Games movies and for Lee Daniels' The Butler. Plus, there's still hope that his hapless Danny Siegel will show up on Mad Men one last time. »

- Margaret Lyons

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'The Butler' Writer Danny Strong Making Directorial Debut With Salinger Biopic, 'Obvious Child' Helmer Lines Up New Pic

30 April 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As we head into summer it may be easy to fall into despair about how all that’s being made nowadays is a $100+ million tentpole, but we have a couple of stories below that should give you a little hope for the future. Cutting his teeth as a character actor in everything from “Pleasantville,” “Seinfeld” and “Mad Men,” Danny Strong made the biggest impression on Hollywood with his script for the HBO U.S. 2000 Election miniseries, “Recount.” Now, the writer-actor will add another title and category to his IMDb page as THR reports Strong will make his directorial debut with a film based on Kenneth Slawensk’s “Jd Salinger: A Life.” Titled “Salinger’s War,” the biopic will focus on the reclusive author during “his early days trying to establish his career in New York’s literary circle in the early 1940’s. After numerous rejections, he finally finds his voice »

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Danny Strong to Make Directorial Debut with J.D. Salinger Biopic Salinger’S War

29 April 2014 6:32 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Danny Strong, the Emmy-winning writer behind television's Game Change and Recount, and Lee Daniels' The Butler, will make his directorial debut with the J.D. Salinger biopic, Salinger's War.  Strong has put his own money behind his pen, as he optioned the rights to Kenneth Slawensk's "Jd Salinger: A Life" and wrote the script on spec.  The biopic will trace the reclusive author's life from his early days attempting to break into New York's literary circle in the 1940s, to his acceptance with "The Catcher in the Rye," to his experience fighting in World War II, and beyond.  Hit the jump for more. As THR reports, Strong will step behind the camera for his directorial debut on Salinger's War.  His writing continues to be in high demand with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Parts 1 and 2 due out this year and next, and with expected screenwriting work on the adaptation of »

- Dave Trumbore

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Helen Mirren Eyes Trumbo; Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber to Lead Good Lord Bird; Sharon Stone Joins American Ultra

15 April 2014 3:22 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly: Helen Mirren is in talks to join Bryan Cranston in the promising biopic Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber are in line to lead the slavery drama The Good Lord Bird. Sharon Stone has joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy American Ultra. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects. The folks over at Variety report that Helen Mirren is in talks to star in the real-life drama TrumboBryan Cranston is onboard to play blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose credits include Roman Holiday and SpartacusTrumbo refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was therefore blacklisted, but he continued to write under pseudonyms and even won two Oscars under different names.  Jay Roach (Recount) is set to direct. Deadline reports that »

- Adam Chitwood

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HBO Buckles Up For Female Space Comedy From Kristin Gore & Jay Roach

1 April 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: Jay Roach first got in business with HBO as a director and producer of the network’s 2008 movie Recount, about the aftermath of the 2000 U.S. presidential election between Al Gore and George W. Bush, which earned him two Emmy Awards and led to another Emmy-winning HBO movie, Game Change, and an overall deal with the pay cable network. Now Roach is teaming with Gore’s daughter, author-screenwriter Kristin Gore, for a half-hour comedy series project at HBO. Written by Gore, Women In Space follows a group of women exploring the final frontier on a mission to colonize another planet. Gore and Roach executive produce. Women In Space is part of Roach’s deal at HBO, which has yielded a new series, upcoming comedy The Brink starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black. A former editor of The Harvard Lampoon, Gore has written for Saturday Night Live and Futurama. She »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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Kevin Spacey Will Play Winston Churchill In Biopic Captain Of The Gate

25 March 2014 2:03 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Apparently, even the White House wasn’t enough. Hot off his acclaimed turn as dastardly politician Frank Underwood on the second season of Netflix’s hit drama House of Cards, Kevin Spacey has signed on to play former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a biopic titled Captain of the Gate.

The biopic, which hails from Sierra/Affinity (Oculus, the upcoming Kill the Messenger), will focus on Churchill’s rise to power as he heroically took a stand against Parliament in order to protect England from Adolf Hitler’s powerful Third Reich. The script was penned by Ben Kaplan, who recently worked on the History Channel’s documentary Reagan. Kaplan also wrote episodes of historical documentary series Vietnam in HD and WWII in HD, both also for the History Channel, but Captain of the Gate will mark his feature debut.

Churchill has understandably been the subject of countless biopics, including »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Women's History Month: Laura Dern as Katherine Harris

25 March 2014 10:01 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Women's History Month continues with Adam Armstrong on Laura Dern in "Recount"  

Katherine Harris and Laura Dern as Katherine Harris

Born: Katherine Harris clawed her way into this world on April 5th, 1957 and, presumably, crawled to her mother’s boudoir to try her first crack at putting on lipstick and dabbling in the different shades of foundation. Rose to prominence as Florida’s Secretary of State during the 2000 election. 

Death (in politics): Still kicking, albeit no longer Florida’s Secretary of State. After a failed 2006 senate election run, she still combats jokes regarding her unfairly ridiculed makeup techniques during the 2000 election recount fiasco. 

In the 2008 HBO film Recount, we are introduced to Harris when she is awoken, startled, at 3:52 a.m. by a phone call on the night of the election. She groggily answers the phone while the voice on the other end heatedly asks who the winner »

- Adam Armstrong

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Terrence Howard To Play Hip Hop Mogul On TV Series Empire For Lee Daniels

21 February 2014 9:03 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It may have been hard out there when Terrence Howard was a pimp, but the actor is having an easy time finding work these days. He had a busy 2013, appearing in no fewer than six films, including The Best Man Holiday and Prisoners. However, it was Howard’s brief stint in the all-star cast for Lee DanielsThe Butler that brought him the biggest audience and the connection to what may be a major role on the small screen.

The actor is now set to star in a pilot of the hip hop drama Empire for Fox, which Lee Daniels will direct. Daniels will also co-write the pilot with his Butler screenwriter Danny Strong. On Empire, Howard will play Lucious Lyon, a rap record company executive. Lyon is “charismatic, tough, wise and a superstar in the music industry who oversees Empire Entertainment and is about to take the company public, »

- Jordan Adler

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HBO Orders Tim Robbins And Jack Black To The Brink

12 February 2014 4:15 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Having commissioned the pilot episode of The Brink – a half-hour dark political comedy – last year, HBO has now ordered the show to series, with Tim Robbins and Jack Black heading the cast.

The show centres around the main players caught in a geo-political crisis. Tim Robbins plays the Us Secretary of State, Walter Hollander, who has little patience for war-mongers, while Jack Black plays Alex Coppins – a Foreign Service Officer dealing with the crisis in the field. A third main role – that of a Navy fighter pilot – has yet to be cast, although the wider cast list includes Aasif Mandvi and Meera Syal. The pilot was written by brothers Roberto and Kim Benabib – Roberto having previously worked on Ally McBeal and Weeds. Both will also serve as executive producers, alongside stars Black and Robbins, Jerry Weintraub (Behind The Candelabra) and Jay Roach (The Austin Powers franchise, The Campaign), who also directed the pilot. »

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HBO Gives a Series Order to Jack Black and Tim Robbins Comedy 'The Brink'

11 February 2014 2:46 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

HBO must really like "The Brink." The premium network only ordered a pilot for the comedy, written by former "Weeds" executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, back in September. Today Deadline reports that it's been given a series order. Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber star in the dark comedy as a Foreign Service officer, the U.S. Secretary of State and Navy fighter pilot who are caught up in a geopolitical crisis and must try and save the planet from World War III. Jay Roach, who directed the HBO movies "Game Change" and "Recount," helmed the pilot, and is executive producing alongside Roberto Benabib and Jerry Weintraub, with Kim Benabib and Susie Ekins co-executive producing. "The Brink" will be Black's first regular TV role since the "Tenacious D," which ran irregularly on HBO. Robbins, who recently appeared in IFC miniseries "The Spoils of Babylon," has »

- Alison Willmore

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HBO Gives a Series Order to Jack Black and Tim Robbins Comedy 'The Brink'

11 February 2014 2:46 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

HBO must really like "The Brink." The premium network only ordered a pilot for the comedy, written by former "Weeds" executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib, back in September. Today Deadline reports that it's been given a series order. Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber star in the dark comedy as a Foreign Service officer, the U.S. Secretary of State and Navy fighter pilot who are caught up in a geopolitical crisis and must try and save the planet from World War III. Jay Roach, who directed the HBO movies "Game Change" and "Recount," helmed the pilot, and is executive producing alongside Roberto Benabib and Jerry Weintraub, with Kim Benabib and Susie Ekins co-executive producing. "The Brink" will be Black's first regular TV role since the "Tenacious D," which ran irregularly on HBO. Robbins, who recently appeared in IFC miniseries "The Spoils of Babylon," has »

- Alison Willmore

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HBO Orders Jack Black/Tim Robbins Comedy The Brink to Series

11 February 2014 2:38 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Though HBO recently opted not to pick up the comedy series Family Tree and Hello Ladies for second seasons, the network has now added a new comedy offering to its upcoming schedule.  THR reports that HBO has ordered to series the comedy The Brink, which stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins as a foreign service officer and the U.S. Secretary of State, respectively.  Executive produced by Jay Roach (Recount, Austin Powers) and Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra), the show focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men.  Weeds alum Roberto Benabib wrote the pilot script alongside his brother Ken Benabib and will act as showrunner, while Roach will helm the pilot. The Brink will join HBO’s current comedy lineup, which includes Girls, the recently premiered Looking, and Mike Judge’s upcoming series Silicon Valley.  Production begins later this year, so the show »

- Adam Chitwood

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HBO's Jack Black-Tim Robbins Comedy Ordered to Series

31 January 2014 1:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

HBO is expanding its comedy offerings, ordering The Brink to series. From executive producers Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra), Jay Roach (Game Change, Recount) and Roberto Benabib (Weeds), the comedy centers on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men. Oscar winner Tim Robbins stars as the U.S. secretary of state, while Jack Black plays a lowly foreign service officer caught in the middle of everything. Photos: 40 Years of HBO Benabib and his brother, Kim Benabib, will pen the script. Roberto Benabib, Weintraub and Roach will executive produce, with Kim Benabib garnering a co-ep

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Lee Daniels Will Produce and Direct 'Empire,' a Drama Pilot Set in the World of Hip Hop

24 January 2014 9:44 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Lee Daniels' "The Butler" may have gotten shut out at this year's Academy Awards, but the acclaimed filmmaker will certainly have an opportunity to make up for it with his new television project "Empire," which according to the Hollywood Reporter has just gotten a pilot order at Fox. "Empire" is a character-driven family drama depicting a behind the scenes look into the world of a hip hop empire and featuring both current and original music. Daniels brings with him onto the project his "The Butler" screenwriter Danny Strong (who recently wrote HBO's "Recount" and "Game Change") -- the two will executive producer alongside Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo. Daniels will make his TV directing debut with the "Empire" pilot, which will be produced by Imagine Entertainment with 20th Century Fox Television, with the two of them additionally teaming up for "24: Live Another Day" and the upcoming midseason drama »

- Ziyad Saadi

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