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Directed by Jay Roach (Recount, Meet the Parents), Trumbo tell the true life story of Dalton Trumbo, a Hollywood screenwriter, who, after being sentenced to an eleven month prison sentence because he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Comittee, went on to pen screenplays under pseudonyms, even winning Academy Awards for Roman Holiday and The Brave One. EW have the first image of Bryan Cranston in the title role, sporting a pretty sweet mustache. As well as Cranston leading the charge, he is joined by a fantastic cast, including Hellen Mirren, John Goodman, Elle Fanning, Louis C.K., and Alan Tudyk. No release date is given, but Trumbo is expected to hit cinemas in 2015 »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
After tackling political drama and comedy with the likes of Recount, Game Change and The Campaign, director Jay Roach is heading further into the past for a historical drama called Trumbo. The title refers to screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, a real Hollywood screenwriter who defied the House Un-American Activities Committee by refusing to testify regarding accusations of ties to communism. Trumbo ended up being blacklisted and sentenced to nearly a year in prison but never stopped writing movies, and now this first look photo shows the Oscar winner brought to life by "Breaking Bad" Emmy winner Bryan Cranston. Here's the first image from Jay Roach's Trumbo from Entertainment Weekly: Trumbo is directed by Jay Roach and written by television writer John McNamara. The film tells the story of real-life screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, the scribe of classics like Spartacus and Roman Holiday, who was blacklisted and sent to prison during the »
- Ethan Anderton
The first Trumbo image from director Jay Roach’s (Recount, Meet the Parents) upcoming biopic of blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo has been released, giving us our first look at Bryan Cranston’s portrayal of the scribe. Trumbo famously refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was subsequently blacklisted and sentenced to an 11-month stay in prison. Despite his professional exile, Trumbo continued to write screenplays under pseudonyms, even winning two Academy Awards in the process for Roman Holiday and The Brave One. Roach’s film chronicles Trumbo’s fight against the blacklist and battles with gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, played by Helen Mirren. This debut Trumbo image shows off Cranston’s swell facial hair, and with the film recently wrapping production and gearing up for release sometime in 2015, I can’t help but wonder if five-time Emmy winner Cranston might find himself in the Oscar race next year. »
- Adam Chitwood
Back in September of last year we told you that Bryan Cranston was set to play blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in a biopic Trumbo directed by Jay Roach (Recount, Meet The Parents). We finally have our first image from the movie and it couldn’t be more perfect. For history buffs, Trumbo had famously refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee and was subsequently blacklisted and sentenced to an 11-month stay in prison. Like any passionate »
- Graham McMorrow
I’m seeing Kevin Spacey everywhere lately, despite the fact that the movie star seems to have left traditional films behind. Perhaps better than any other A-lister, Kevin Spacey has embraced a shift in media way from film being the end-all, be-all of quality, and his experimentation with other forms of alternative media is really a case study in the changing landscape of storytelling. Before 2008, Kevin Spacey was best known as the star of such films as La Confidential, American Beauty and The Usual Suspects. He was a movie star practically without equal, which is why many questioned his sudden switch into less traditional stories. I think all this started in 2008 with Recount, the HBO original film that had Spacey in the middle of the 2000 Bush vs. Gore recount debate. It was arguably one of the best films of the year, and Spacey was smart enough to see that,…
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
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
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, »
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
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
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 film will follow Salinger's career from struggling outsider to literary giant, including his experiences during World War II.
Strong used his own money to option Slawensk's Jd Salinger: A Life as the basis for Salinger's War. »
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
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 »
- Cain Rodriguez
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
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 Trumbo. Bryan Cranston is onboard to play blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose credits include Roman Holiday and Spartacus. Trumbo 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
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
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
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
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 Daniels’ The 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
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. »
- Sarah Myles
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