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Now that the wildly popular podcast Serial has come to a close, we're ready to watch the murder mystery unfold on the big screen -- and we know just who would play Jay, Sarah Koenig, Adnan Syed, Hae Min Lee and of course, Mr. S.
Photos: The 10 Biggest Breakout Stars of 2014
If you're unfamiliar with the true crime podcast that draws over 1 million listeners per week and is put on by the This American Life producers, Serial reexamines the 1999 murder of an 18-year-old Baltimore high school senior named Hae Min Lee.
Not long before Lee went missing, she had broken up with her boyfriend, then-17-year-old Adnan Syed, an honors student of the Muslim faith who was later tried and convicted for killing her. Adnan is now 33 and serving a life sentence for Hae's murder, but insists in a series of telephone interviews with producer Sarah Koenig that he's innocent.
It's that time of the year again. Along with awards season, key players in the industry also round up The Black List, a yearly rundown of the "most liked" screenplays floating around Hollywood, as voted on by development executives. Founded by Film executive Franklin Leonard in 2005, this has become quite the coveted accolade for rising writers, especially with previous films like Slumdog Millionaire, Argo, Juno and The King's Speech being named on the list. Movies on the Black List have earned 37 wins at the Oscars and nearly 200 nominations, and more than 270 of them have gone on to get produced. And now we have the list of the best (or rather most liked) unproduced screenplays going around Hollywood in 2014. More below! Here's Top 10 Black List 2014 screenplays with the most votes (there's more than 10 listed due to ties): 1. Catherine the Great (51) Kristina Lauren Anderson Sophia Augusta takes control of her life, »
- Ethan Anderton
The script centers on the upbringing and marriage of the woman who became the empress of Russia.
The annual lineup consists of the year’s best unproduced scripts in Hollywood as voted on by more than 250 studio execs. Previous alumni of the list include “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Argo,” “The King’s Speech,” “Foxcatcher,” “Whiplash” and “The Imitation Game.”
This year’s announcement was made by tweets with a YouTube link to a video announcement. Participants included Reese Witherspoon, Elizabeth Banks, Daniel Radcliffe, David Oyelowo, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Rian Johnson, Ava Duvernay, Damien Chazelle, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Matthew Weiner and Billy Ray.
The first project announcement, presented by Nathan Fillion, was for “Professor Pasghetti” by Jeff Feuerstein. It centers on a famous children’s author with an affinity for drugs and hookers. »
- Dave McNary
Just days after the Golden Globes announced their nominees in the Best Original Song category, the Academy Awards revealed their 79-song shortlist of candidates that'll vie for an Oscar at the 87th annual ceremony. Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, the Shins, Bon Iver, Lorde, Alicia Keys with Kendrick Lamar and Glen Campbell are all in the running before the Best Original Song nominees are officially announced along with the rest of the Oscar hopefuls on January 15th.
All five tracks nominated for the Best Original Song Golden Globe made the Oscar »
Speaking to Variety at this year’s Marrakech film festival, British actor Jeremy Irons talked about his roles in movies set for 2015 or beyond: Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman,” in which he plays butler Alfred; romantic drama “The Correspondence,” from Giuseppe Tornatore (“Cinema Paradiso”), in which he co-stars with Blake Lively; and Ben Wheatley’s “High Rise,” based on J. G. Ballard’s novel.
He was amused by the idea that he’s being once again typecast as a professor in Tornatore’s first English-language pic, clarifying that he will actually play an astrophysicist.
In relation to Wheatley’s political thriller, “High Rise,” in which he co-stars with Sienna Miller, he confided that U.K. producer Jeremy Thomas asked him why he never stars in British independent films. He said that he accepted the role because he was won over by the young director, who believes strongly in the project. »
- Martin Dale
While being the guest of honor in the River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, actor Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi) talked with The Hollywood Reporter about his career in both Hollywood and Bollywood and what can audiences expect with the upcoming blockbuster, Jurassic World in which he plays the park owner. Read his remarks about the film below:
When asked about his role in the upcoming film, he said:
“I'm playing the park owner, a very flamboyant person. When the first Jurassic Park came out, I barely had the money to see it, and now I'm playing a part. He's trying to entertain the world with good intentions, but sometimes being flamboyant doesn't mean having much wisdom.”
Then he was asked about what is different in this film from the original film and he said:
“For sure it will have more vibe. It's the Jurassic World of these times, »
- Munir Abedrabbo
Page Six confirms Keira Knightley is expecting her first baby with husband James Righton. However, the two have yet to comment. [Vogue] Leonardo DiCaprio and his model girlfriend are splitsville after a year of dating. Does this explain the Art Basel escapades? [Perez Hilton] Serial host Sarah Koeing is Colbert’s favorite guest ever. [Vulture] The Mad Max: Fury Road trailer is setting the Internet on fire. Literally. [Vanity Fair] Slumdog Millionaire costars Freida Pinto and Dev Patel throw in the towel after six years of dating. [Us Weekly] Meryl Streep says playing a “bitch” comes naturally. We find that hard to believe, Meryl. [Page Six] Brandi Glanville opens up about her sexuality on HuffPost Live. [Gossip Cop] Modern Family didn’t receive a Golden Globe »
- Taylor Ferber
Actor Irrfan Khan was the guest of honor at the celebrated River to River Florence Indian Film Festival where Mayor Dario Nardella awarded him the keys to the city. The actor, his first time in Italy with his first European retrospective, was visibly moved. Residents of the famed Tuscan city enjoyed the full spectrum of his work, from The Lunchbox to his starring episodes of In Treatment. Khan, who started out as an actor in Bollywood, has gained huge success in Hollywood, working in Academy Award winning films including Slumdog Millionaire and The Life of Pi. He’s been a part of billion dollar franchises, playing
- Ariston Anderson
Fans are not going to like this one. Slumdog Millionaire costars Freida Pinto and Dev Patel have called it quits on their relationship, multiple sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly. The now-exes, who met on set of the Oscar-winning movie in 2008, were together for almost six years. "Dev and Freida have broken up," one source tells Us of the couple. "They have been done for a while." Pinto, who is six years older than Patel, recently celebrated her 30th birthday without the actor this past October. [...] »
Right now, the final season of "The Newsroom" is airing on HBO with just one episode left in the season (which has been stirring up some controversy for this past Sunday's episode). And now it looks like one of Aaron Sorkin's stars from the show may head over to the Steve Jobs biopic that he scripted and is now set up at Universal Pictures after being shut down at Sony Pictures. The Wrap reports Jeff Daniels is currently being eyed to play former Apple CEO John Sculley in the film from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. He doesn't have an offer yet, but he's Boyle's top choice for the role, so this should easily be finalized. However, this update also comes with news that Natalie Portman has passed on the role she was recently in talks for. Variety says Portman decided not to take the role, which has confirmed »
- Ethan Anderton
A glittering array of talent turned out this evening for the 17th Moët British Independent Film Awards. The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony, held at Old Billingsgate, which was hosted by The Inbetweeners star, Simon Bird.
The lucky winners took home the iconic award designed by Fredrikson Stallard and created by Swarovski as well as a personalised, Swarovski crystal encrusted magnum of Moët & Chandon.
Best British Independent Film was won by Pride. Yann Demange won Best Director for ’71, Gugu Mbatha-Raw won Best Actress for Belle and Brendan Gleeson won Best Actor for Calvary. Andrew Scott collected his award for Best Supporting Actor for Pride and Imelda Staunton took home her award for Best Supporting Actress also for her role in Pride.
Pride won the most awards on the night, picking up Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor.
As previously announced, Emma Thompson was »
- Michelle McCue
Now that every awards-season contender has finally screened for the press, we're left with a most unusual Oscar outlook: There appears to be no frontrunner for Best Picture. In previous years, you could typically count on a single movie like 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire, or The Artist to announce itself as the one to beat; this time around, we don't even have a clarified two-film contest, as we did in 2009 when The Hurt Locker upset Avatar, or in 2010, when The King's Speech vied with The Social Network for Oscar's biggest prize. What we have instead in 2014 is a Best Picture field where any one of five well-positioned movies can still make a case for the win. Read on, and let us know which film you think will prevail.BoyhoodRichard Linklater's 12-year coming-of-age story has had to run an awards campaign nearly as long in the making as »
- Kyle Buchanan
Naz Choudhury has said that there has been a "phenomenal" response to dance troupe Bolly Flex's Strictly Come Dancing appearance.
10.27 million people tuned in on Week 10 to see the show's first ever Bollywood dance performance.
Choudhury stated: "The feedback I received from everyone was phenomenal, since the show my phone hasn't stopped.
"It was a dream come true and to top it all off I met one of my biggest inspirations and idols, who closed the show, Micheal Flatley.
"The whole BBC team were amazing, we enjoyed every moment and hopefully now the nation and international audiences can see that the UK also has world class Bollywood talent."
The Strictly professionals were given just three days to learn the dance routine for the show, performing to '1234 Get on the Dancefloor' from Chennai Express and a version of Slumdog Millionaire's 'Jai Ho'. »
This new Rosario Dawson report sounds less like real life and more like a family film where's she's the leading lady.
Page Six reports that the 35-year-old star adopted a 12-year-old girl in October.
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Dawson was adopted by her stepfather at age 1, and opened up about her relationship with her father to You magazine in 2007. "He's always been my dad," she said. "He loved my mom and he loved me. That was really amazing. He was strong for a young man of just 21."
Prior to this report, the Top Five actress has mentioned her plans to have kids.
"I always wanted to adopt kids because my dad adopted me. That idea has stayed in the back of my head, but lately, I've been thinking about it more." she told Latina magazine in 2008. "My mother and grandmother are extraordinary women, and they're getting older. It struck »
Last week we reported that BollyFlex UK will be performing on the hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing. Well the magic finally took place on Saturday night when Naz Choudhury, Leena Patel and their group of BollyFlex dancers took to the stage as part of the opening sequence of the show and ended up wowing the audiences.
The performance commenced with a fun dance sequence to ‘1 2 3 4 Get on the Dance Floor’ from Chennai Express and then closing with the Pussycat Dolls’ version of ‘Jai Ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire. The sequence screams nothing but Bollywood and we have the video clip right here for you to feast your eyes upon. Enjoy!
The post BollyFlex UK mesmerises audiences on Strictly Come Dancing appeared first on BollySpice. »
- Bodrul Chaudhury
Musical theorist Michel Chion coined the term "synchresis" to define the forging of picture and sound, the way artistry on both sides of the line blurs into our favorite movie moments. Sound design can manifest and warp reality, but film scoring has its own synchresistic effect, albeit one that's rather bizarre. There's no reason music should ever be playing against a film aiming for truth. Yet over 100-plus years of filmmaking, a composer's touch — or restraint — has become an essential part of the medium's power. A musical cue stamps an iconic scene, a director's vision and a film's legacy. There are sense memories connected to the opening notes of an iconic theme. Nevertheless, it took the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences a few years to recognize film music's weight-pulling at the Oscars. Film's transition into a synced sound medium kept the business resisting the honor until the 7th »
- Matt Patches and Kristopher Tapley
Author/screenwriter/director Nate "N.D." Wilson has recently directed an 18-minute short film called The Hound of Heaven, based on the 19th century poem of the same name by Francis Thompson. It's uncharacteristically gritty for a Victorian faith poem, and that's one of the things that drew him to the idea of making a short film around it. Of course, "short film" is an insufficient way of describing it, since it's a stunning, surreal piece of work encompassing many different forms of storytelling, as Nate himself discusses later on.
The interview also covers, among other topics, what it was like working with Akira Kurosawa's son (who executive produced), Nate Wilson's influences and future projects, and the difference between writing one's own material versus adapting someone else's.
But before that, here's the trailer:
It's also available on Vimeo (password: finaltrailer):
The Hound of Heaven | Official Trailer from Dane Wilson on Vimeo. »
Now that Universal Pictures has grabbed the Steve Jobs biopic from Sony Pictures, the studio is starting to round up a supporting cast to surround star Michael Fassbender in the film from Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. Deadline has word that Natalie Portman is now in talks for a role in the film, and while specifics of her character have not been revealed, it's said to be a major role for the Oscar winner. The script from Aaron Sorkin has been said to focus on the launch of three separate Apple products, which will end up spanning 16 years in the life of the technology innovator, but more details have come to light now. Sorkin recently revealed (via The Wrap) that there are seven other characters besides Jobs himself in the movie. The writer says: “I've spent a lot of time with the other seven characters who are in the movie, »
- Ethan Anderton
By Anjelica Oswald
It’s safe to assume that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is going to end the year as the highest-grossing film at the domestic box office with more than $331 million earned as of Nov. 23, but its Oscar prospects lie in below-the-line categories, such as visual effects and sound.
More often than not, the highest-grossing films tend to be neglected in the best picture category. Though The Dark Knight (2008), which was widely-acclaimed and was the highest-grossing film of the year, received eight nominations and won two (sound editing and supporting actor), it was snubbed by the Academy in the best picture category. The following year, the number of best picture nominees increased from five to 10 (and can now fall between those numbers). Since this increase though, the only highest-grossing films to land best picture nominations are 2009’s Avatar and 2010’s Toy Story 3. Neither of the films won. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Natalie Portman may be lining up a new job in the upcoming biopic of Apple innovator Steve Jobs. The Oscar winner ("Black Swan") is reportedly in talks to co-star in the film, with Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire") directing from a script by Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network"), according to Deadline. Michael Fassbender is playing the lead role, after Christian Bale exited the project. The film hit another recent speed bump when it was suddenly put in turnaround by Sony, only to be picked up by Universal earlier this week. Scott Rudin, Christian Colson, Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady are producing. The busy Portman recently wrapped her directorial debut "A Tale of Love and Darkness," and is now in production on "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." First, she'll be seen in the troubled western "Jane Got a Gun" and the delayed "Untitled Terrence Malick project." »
- Dave Lewis
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