16 items from 2013
The Doctor! Guillermo del Toro! Vampire pilot for FX! Who Wouldn’T be all over this story? We’ve actually already told you a little about the del Toro vampire pilot The Strain, based on the trilogy of books he co-authored with Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves). If picked up, the showrunner would be our beloved Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel).
So, as the headline blares, the newest cast member is (one of) the Doctor(s). This particular Doctor is the newest to us, though I suspect he’s one of the oldest. It’s John Hurt, reuniting with his Hellboy director del Toro. Hurt’s castmates in include Corey Stoll (The Bourne Legacy, Midnight in Paris), Mia Maestro (Nadia in Alias) and Kevin Durand (Keamy in Lost). Here’s the press release, which includes a synopsis of the show:
- Erin Willard
John Hurt has joined the cast of The Strain, the upcoming FX pilot based on the vampire novel trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. The 73-year-old British actor, who previously worked with del Toro on 2004′s Hellboy, will play holocaust survivor and professor Abraham Setrakian.
“I am incredibly happy to be reunited with John, who is one of the greatest actors in the world and one of my favorite people ever,” del Toro, who is set to direct and co-write the pilot, said in a statement. “Chuck and I always visualized him while writing The Strain novels and »
- Katie Atkinson
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ended 10 years ago on May 20, 2003. Yes, it's been a decade since the Slayer and the Scoobies closed the Hellmouth in Sunnydale, California.
Series star Sarah Michelle Gellar is returning to TV opposite Robin Williams with "The Crazy Ones," a new comedy on CBS this fall. At the CBS 2013 upfront red carpet last week, Gellar was surprised by how much time has passed since she last wielded a wooden stake on TV.
"Wait, wait. Hold on. Really?" she replied when The Huffington Post told her the 10th anniversary of the "Buffy" finale was upon us. "Wow. God, you just blew my mind." Williams, who accompanied Gellar on the red carpet said, "It's kind of wonderful."
"It is," Gellar said. "I'm incredibly proud of that show -- proud of everybody on it, of what we did ... You can't be prouder of that show. It still holds up in »
- Chris Harnick
Thirty-nine recipients of the 72nd Annual Peabody Awards will be honored May 20 at the Waldorf-Astoria in Gotham. The Peabodys, bestowed by the U. of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, cite the best in electronic media. Herewith are a few of the projects and people being honored.
The Smithsonian Channel’s “Mlk: The Assassination Tapes” couldn’t have been made if professors at Memphis State U., back in 1968, didn’t have the foresight to preserve the historic TV, radio and police-report tapes regarding the Martin Luther King assassination. Typically, those tapes were reused and hence lost.
“It was extraordinary to find this treasure trove,” says David Royle, exec VP of programming and production at the Smithsonian Channel. Equally extraordinary, filmmaker Tom Jennings “crafts a film from these tapes that is entirely dramatic and immediate, taking the reality that existed at the time and infusing it with drama and intensity. »
- Robert Hofler
Ben Stiller and Jay Roach have known each other since first working together on "Meet the Parents" in 2000, and those 13 years of friendship made the pair's conversation at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday afternoon just that: a conversation. As part of the Tribeca Talks: Directors' Series, Stiller and Roach, both directors, discussed all matter of moviemaking and seemed to come to one unavoidable conclusion.
"It's really hard to get most movies made," Stiller said about the current state of the industry. "Especially independent films, and even just regular, mid-range budgeted dramas. The genre movies and sequels are obviously what becomes the thing."
Which is what makes Stiller's newest film such an anomaly. The 47-year-old directs and stars in the upcoming 20th Century Fox film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," an adaptation of the James Thurber short story of the same name. That work, which was originally published »
- Christopher Rosen
While it remains to be seen when J.J. Abrams will get to his Lance Armstrong movie that he's producing, now that he's involved in the world of "Star Wars," a rival project is brewing and it's already boasting some great talent. Warner Bros. has picked up a movie about the cyclist that will be penned by Scott Z. Burns ("Side Effects," "Contagion") and directed by Jay Roach ("Game Change," "Recount") which, given each of their resumes, is pretty exciting stuff. Helping in building the material to tell their tale, the project has secured the life rights of Tyler Hamilton, one of the racers on Armstrong's team, who later testified against him, leading to his downfall. Hamilton was one of the first on the inside to speak out, appearing on "60 Minutes" to make the revelation, and that show's producer Michael Radutzky is also looking to join on the untitled movie as well. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paramount and Warner Bros. may be working together on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, but the studios are each developing their own bicycle doping scandal pic. Paramount and Bad Robot acquired the rights for book proposal Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by author Juliet Macur; Warner Bros. will instead tell the story of Armstrong's teammate, Tyler Hamilton. The studio has acquired Hamilton's life rights and will tell the story of the former professional bike racer who was in Armstrong’s inner circle on the Us Postal Service Team. WB has set Scott Burns (Side Effects) to script the picture with Jay Roach (Recount, Game Change) set to direct. Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Roach will direct the cycling doping scandal pic centered around Hamilton for Warner Bros. Roach is an interesting choice since his features tend to be comedic in nature, though his Emmy-winning HBO »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: The doping scandal that enveloped the Tour de France and led to the downfall of 7-time champion Lance Armstrong is now the focus of movies being developed by two major studios. Warner Bros has just acquired an untitled project from Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner that will be scripted by Side Effects scribe Scott Z. Burns to be directed by Jay Roach. Roach, coming off the Emmy-winning HBO pics Game Change and Recount, will produce with Roven and Gartner. The package includes the life rights of Tyler Hamilton, the former professional bike racer who was in Armstrong’s inner circle on the Us Postal Service Team. A former Olympic gold medalist and Ncaa champion, Hamilton was one of the first insiders to testify under oath and come forward publicly–on 60 Minutes—to break the code of silence. Michael Radutzky, an executive producer at CBS News and senior producer for 60 Minutes, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Earlier this year , it was announced that Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot Productions were again teaming for an adaptation of Juliet Macur's non-fiction book Cycle of Lies , following the drug scandal surrounding repeat Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Today, Deadline brings word that Warner Bros. is working on their own version of the true story and that Jay Roach has signed on to direct. Specifics are not yet known regarding precisely what approach Roach will take to the story, but he'll be working from a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns ( Side Effects , Contagion ) and has secured life rights to Armstrong's racing partner Tyler Hamilton. Roach, whose recent TV project have included Game Change and Recount , is best known for his big screen comedies, including »
Veteran film producer Paula Weinstein been named executive vice president of Tribeca Enterprises, co-founder Jane Rosenthal said Monday. In her new role, Weinstein will oversee the company's international partnerships, manage studio relations for its festivals and help with programming. She will be bi-coastal, maintaining a presence in New York City and Los Angeles. Weinstein will continue to oversee her production slate at Spring Creek Productions, which has a long list of credits such as "Blood Diamond," "The Perfect Storm" and HBO's "Recount." In addition to founding Spring Creek in 1990, she worked at »
- Brent Lang
Veteran film producer Paula Weinstein has been named executive VP of Tribeca Enterprises. Weinstein will develop and oversee the company’s international partnerships, manage studio relations for the Tribeca Film Festival and Doha Tribeca Film Festival and work closely with chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore on the Tribeca Film Festival. She will be based in New York City and Los Angeles. Weinstein will continue to oversee her slate at Spring Creek Prods., a company she founded in 1990 that has produced more than 30 films for the big screen and TV, including The Perfect Storm, Blood Diamond, Analyze This, The Fabulous Baker Boys and the Emmy-winning HBO titles Truman and Recount. She previously
- Tatiana Siegel
DGA Awards 2013 winners, starring Ben Affleck [See previous post: "DGA Awards Winners: Ben Affleck Tops."] Below are the other DGA Awards 2013 winners, via Variety‘s Dave McNary’s Twitter account: (Photo: Ben Affleck at the DGA Awards 2013.) Jay Roach received the DGA Award for Best Director of a Television Movie or Miniseries for Game Change, about former U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin (played by Julianne Moore). Roach had previously won a DGA Award for another TV movie about an American presidential election: Recount (2008), which starred Kevin Spacey, Bob Balaban, and Laura Dern in this dramatization of the 2000 Florida recount that ultimately resulted in George W. Bush winning the election despite having lost the popular vote. Lena Durham was the winner in the Best Television Comedy Series category for Girls; Paul Hoen won in the Television Children’s Program category for Let It Shine; and Brian Smith won in the Television Reality Show category for Master Chef. And as expected, »
- Andre Soares
Us Politics is a big thing, in the Us it is anyway, the publicity and hyperbole surrounding candidates for election has more in common with WWE Monday Night Raw than it does with anything that happens here in Westminster. In fact if we could get some of that circus over here then it might encourage people to vote a bit more and take an interest but I digress.
The Campaign is the latest film from Austin Powers and Meet the Parents director Jay Roach and takes the absurdity and mudslinging present in Us election campaigns and turns it up to eleven, with mixed results.
Will Ferrell does his thing that he did with his celebrated George W.Bush routine but slightly more exaggerated and plays Cam Brady a Us Congressional candidate for North Carolina who typically runs unopposed but who has a philandering Clinton like reputation. When a couple of »
- Chris Holt
Chicago – When the HBO film, “Game Change,” was first announced, it sounded rather unnecessary. Why would Alaska governor-turned-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s overinflated celebrity deserve such a prestigious biopic? Wasn’t her TLC program, not to mention Tina Fey’s brilliant SNL parody, more than enough small-screen exposure for the oft-embarrassing politician?
Yet this film, superbly directed by Jay Roach, is less about Palin then it is about the superficial posturing that has taken over America’s political landscape. Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s bestselling book of the same name explored how celebrity triumphed over substance during the 2008 election season, as Republicans scrambled to equal the game-changing candidacy of Barack Obama. Screenwriter Danny Strong centers his film on Steve Schmidt, the campaign strategist who backed Palin and lived to regret it.
Blu-ray Rating: 4.5/5.0
As played by Woody Harrelson, an actor who just gets better with every successive year, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Related: DGA Award Fim Nominations Announced The Directors Guild of America revealed its TV and commercial nominees today. Winners will be announced at the 65th annual DGA Awards Dinner hosted by Kelsey Grammer on February 2 at Hollywood & Highland. Here’s the full list: Movies For Television And Mini-series Greg Berlanti Political Animals, “Pilot” (USA Network) Mr. Berlanti’s Directorial Team: ·Unit Production Manager: Suzanne Geiger ·First Assistant Director: Richard Coad ·Second Assistant Director: Katie Carroll ·Second Second Assistant Director: Brad Robinson This is Mr. Berlanti’s first DGA Award nomination. Philip Kaufman Hemingway & Gellhorn (HBO) Mr. Kaufman’s Directorial Team: · Unit Production Manager: Trish Hofmann · Assistant Unit Production Manager: Frank Simeone · First Assistant Director: Mike Topoozian · Second Assistant Director: Michael A. McCue · Second Second Assistant Director: Cindy A. Taylor This is Mr. Kaufman’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Here at Ioncinema.com, our interests with film extends into the world of the occasional television mini-series or made for TV project, a place were we see a lot of notable directors going for artistic freedoms they often cannot find elsewhere (we recently think back to: Todd Haynes’ Mildred Pierce, Ross Katz’s Taking Chance, Tom Hooper’s John Adams, Jay Roach’s Recount and if you want to include it but we don’t, Olivier Assayas’ Carlos). Looking forward into 2013, we’ve noticed a large amount of notable projects, from the long gestating mini-series debut of Stephen King’s Under the Dome, which seems to have snagged Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev (of the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo fame), and another notable foreign language talent, Pierre Scholler (whose 2011 film The Minister featured a praiseworthy Olivier Gourmet) who is heading to French television for Les Anonymes, with »
- Nicholas Bell
16 items from 2013
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