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“He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn’t a scene or a frame that he’s not in. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it.”
The film is based on the biography written by William Isaacson, which Sony bought the rights for before the book had officially been published.
- Alfie Nobes
Just over a week ago, we learned that Christian Bale was again in the running to play Steve Jobs in the new biopic about the Apple founder and technology innovator. Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) is directing the film with a script from Aaron Sorkin, and it's the acclaimed writer who confirms that Bale will indeed take the starring role in the film that is currently titled Jobs (though that might change since the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher had the same title). In addition, Sorkin has more to say about the film, unsurprisingly noting that he's given Bale a lot to say as Jobs. More below! Speaking with Bloomberg Television, Sorkin said, "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale. He didn’t have to audition. Well, there was a meeting." And apparently that was good enough to give Bale the role, »
- Ethan Anderton
Director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin were a match made in heaven when it came to the dialogue-heavy The Social Network. The two filmmakers reteaming for a Steve Jobs biopic seemed like a home run until Fincher left citing creative differences. One demand that was on his list to be met was the casting of Christian Bale for the lead role. Eventually Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) stepped up to helm the picture and word on the street was that Bale was back in the »
- Sean Wist
Deloitte Corporate Restructuring Group, which specializes in reorganizing troubled companies, has taken over day-to-day operation of Modern VideoFilm. Scott Avila, a principal of Deloitte Crg, has been named CEO of the postproduction facility. He replaces Moshe Barkat, the company’s founder, who was ousted as CEO and President by the board of directors in September. Cooper Crouse, a director of Deloitte Crg, has been named President of Modern Video/Film.
Avila and Crouse’s previous job for Deloitte Crg, a subsidiary of the giant professional services and accounting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd, was to manage the affairs of the financially distressed Culver Studios before its sale to Hackman Capital Partners this year. Roxanna Sassanian, a former financial officer at the Culver Studios, has been named Modern Video/Film’s CFO, replacing the ousted Hugh Miller.
Asked about Deloitte Crg, Avila told Deadline: “I can’t comment on that. I »
- David Robb
Presumably, somewhere on the second floor of composer-songwriter-singer-multi-instrumentalist A.R. Rahman’s Los Angeles house one might find a bedroom, or a television, or any of the other trappings of a residential home. But as for the ground floor, it’s hard to take a step without trodding upon some stray piece of musical equipment, with guitars, drums, a grand piano, a bright red Continuum Fingerboard, mixing boards, two turntables, microphones and synthesizers as far as the eye can see. A veteran composer of Hollywood, Tamil, Hindi and Chinese films, the two-time Oscar-winner will accept an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music on Oct. 24, and should the school ever find itself short of instruments, they know who to call.
How do you approach music education?
I’ve learned so much from being put in situations where you have to come up with crazy stuff, which is where you come up with the most unique ideas. »
- Andrew Barker
“NCIS: New Orleans” is staging a “Quantum Leap” reunion Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell will be reunited when Stockwell plays a retired cop who’s confronted about a murder from 40 years ago. Neil Patrick Harris: I don’t want to host an Oscars that is "super derivative of other shows that I’ve done" "I don’t want it to seem like I’m doing the same award hosting gig that I did on the Tonys, just now on a different stage,” he says. "And I think they don’t want that, either … It’s the biggest sandbox in the world. If you say, 'I think that I should do a thing with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.' Because it’s the Oscars, do they say yes? Because they would say no for the Tonys … I want to also just make sure that it’s a classy event. »
- Norman Weiss
Watch the first trailer for Ron Howard’s action adventure In The Heart Of The Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex. The film is scheduled to open on March 13, 2015 in theatres and IMAX.
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance.
In The Heart Of The Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, »
- Michelle McCue
Sony Pictures has been working on its own Steve Jobs biopic with writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and Leonardo DiCaprio as the Apple co-founder. But earlier this month DiCaprio dropped out, forcing the studio to search for his replacement. Some of the actors considered were Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck. Now comes word that an offer has been made to Bale, who was originally set to star when David Fincher was attached to direct. Sorkin previously said that the new movie will consist of only three scenes "that all take place in real time. Each will take place backstage before a product launch. The first one being the Mac, the second one being NeXT, after he had left Apple. And the third one being the iPod." »
Red Band Society will soon be opening its doors to a mistress.
Jes Macallan, who plays Joss Carver on ABC’s Mistresses, is joining the Fox drama in a recurring role, our sister site Deadline reports. She’ll play Ashley Cole, the sister of Daren Kagasoff’s Hunter.
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* Person of Interest is coming to Netflix; the first three seasons will be available for »
Though Christian Bale was director David Fincher's choice to play Steve Jobs in a biopic about the Apple founder developing at Sony Pictures, it won't be the Gone Girl filmmaker at the helm of the project. Fincher fell away from the film due to disagreement over his paycheck and creative control, and in April, we learned that Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was taking over the film with an eye to have Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. But now we've come full circle and met in the middle as Variety reports it will actually be Christian Bale playing the late technology innovator in the film that is currently called Jobs. It seems confusing to have the film take the same name as another biopic about Steve Jobs that was led by Ashton Kutcher a couple years ago, but the difference in quality will probably help this one stand out much more. »
- Ethan Anderton
It appears that the first actor that was mentioned in connection with Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic may be the one that comes away with the role. David Fincher was initially flirting with the idea of reteaming with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin on the project, but the filmmaker would reportedly only sign on if Christian Bale played the genius innovator. Fincher’s deal with Sony never materialized and he walked away from the project, with Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire helmer Danny Boyle subsequently signing on to direct. Another reteaming started to bubble as Leonardo DiCaprio considered signing on to the project, but we recently learned that he opted to depart due to the short amount of time he would have to prepare after wrapping The Revenant. While names like Ben Affleck and Matt Damon were mentioned as possible replacements, things have come full circle as Bale is currently in negotiations to take on the role. »
- Adam Chitwood
By Anjelica Oswald
The best original song category at the Oscars is a difficult category to find patterns in. The number of best original song nominees can vary each year, and since 2000, the genre of the winning song has ranged from rap to show tunes.
The official Oscar rules state that the top five songs will receive nominations, but if there are 25 or fewer qualified works submitted, nominations may be limited to three, and if there are nine or fewer, than no awards may be given that year.
When it comes down to picking nominees, the Music Branch Executive Committee picks the top choices for the music categories (including original score and original musical). The winner is chosen by all Academy members.
- Anjelica Oswald
Danny Boyle and producing partner Christian Colson have inked a first-look deal with FX Productions, it was announced Wednesday. Under the new pact, Boyle and Colson will develop TV series and miniseries for FX Networks’ channels FX, Fxx and Fxm through the duo’s Telly Novella Productions banner.
“We are honored to be in business with Danny Boyle and Christian Colson who represent the gold standard in filmmaking,” said Eric Schrier, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Prods. “The demand for award-winning writers, producers and directors has never been greater and to be able to join forces with Danny and Christian is a landmark moment for Fxp.”
Fox Networks chairman Peter Rice said, “I have had the pleasure of knowing Danny and Christian for many years, having worked with them on ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ Without question, they are two of the best and most talented filmmakers in this business. »
- Laura Prudom
A year after picking up 10-part miniseries Telemark, FX is expanding its relationship with Oscar-winning director-writer-producer Danny Boyle and his producing partner Christian Colson. The duo, and their Telly Novella Productions banner, has inked a two-year first-look production deal with FX Productions, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Under the deal, the Slumdog Millionaire producers will develop television series and miniseries for FX Networks' channels FX, Fxx and Fxm. Boyle and Colson will continue to produce features via their Decibel Films and Cloud Eight Films banners under their long-standing deals with Fox Searchlight and
- Lesley Goldberg
This week brings something unusual to the 2014 awards race: A trippy, lively contender.
The New York Film Festival closes Saturday with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” which opens in theaters next week. It’s not exactly a feel-good movie, but it’s playful — toying with the characters, with film conventions and with the audience.
It’s good to see a film that’s frisky, as opposed to most 2014 Oscar contenders, which are Serious with a capital S. They are terrific. Even brilliant. But the race for gold this year is shrouded in darkness, with somber themes and subject matter.
Consider the lead characters in upcoming movies like “Foxcatcher,” “The Imitation Game,” “Still Alice” and “Mr. Turner.” They’re admirable films, but would you want to sit next to any of those characters at a dinner party?
- Tim Gray
Rio De Janeiro — Stephen Daldry’s Rio-set, young-adult thriller “Trash” — a groundbreaking movie in concept, financing and distribution — world premiered Tuesday night at the swish Cinepolis Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro to large applause.
There was also gleeful local appreciation of Daldry’s swings, from a Richard Curtis screenplay, at Brazil’s corruption-sodden elite, the police, its religious powers, even a Brazilian soccer association.
Such appreciation matters. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Kris Thykier at Peapie Productions produced “Trash,” in association with Fernando Meirelles’ Sao Paulo-based O2 Filmes in Brazil. Distributed by Universal Pictures Intl., it adapts a novel by Brit Andy Mulligan. Martin Sheen – as the tippling world-weary Father Julliard – and Rooney Mara – Olivia, a learning-the-ropes Ngo worker – co-star.
- John Hopewell
Are we ready for the "Brazilian answer to 'Slumdog Millionaire?'" Rio Film Festival audiences quickly granted "Trash," the latest from "The Hours" director Stephen Daldry, that label after the the film pleased crowds with comedy, child wonder, and "offshore" energy (as trades love to refer to it). Polling attendees after the film's applause-filled premiere, a Variety reporter found many locals agreed that, despite "Trash" not being a true Brazilian movie, "it is not non-Brazilian in the best sense." Many praised it for being more entertaining than most "favela" (or, Latin America slum) dramas. Whether Americans will ever see it is up in the air. Based on Andy Mulligan's young adult novel of the same name, "Trash" tells the story of three “dumpsite boys," who "make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city." Their lives spiral out of control when »
- Matt Patches
Cleanly scripted in pure Hollywood fashion by Richard Curtis (with Felipe Braga translating it into Portuguese), Stephen Daldry’s “Trash” won’t be confused for a real Brazilian production: Its storyline, staging and inevitably positive spin unmistakably mark it as offshore, notwithstanding the participation of Fernando Meirelles’ 02 Filmes. A South American answer of sorts to “Slumdog Millionaire,” the pic features a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who stumble upon evidence certain to bring down a corrupt politico. Audience-friendly to a fault, “Trash” should be a modest money earner for Universal Intl., which will no doubt pitch it along “Slumdog” lines.
Andy Mulligan’s source novel was geared toward adolescents, but the film feels like more adult fare simply because young teens aren’t exactly known for their attraction to subtitles. English makes up a small percentage of the dialogue, mostly coming from Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, »
- Jay Weissberg
One of the buzziest films of the year is Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, who go head-to-head in a story about a young jazz drummer and his ruthless instructor. The film takes off from its opening scene, building both the tempo and tension for much of its 106 minutes before leaving audiences stunned by the pair’s relentless nature.
Whiplash first wowed Sundance audiences back in January, and the film is finally opening in theaters nationwide on Oct. 10. Before you head out, we’re breaking down the most important elements so you know exactly what you’re getting into.
The film was blacklisted
In 2012, Damien Chazelle’s screenplay was featured on film executive Franklin Leonard’s annual round up of unproduced scripts. The Black List, which was created in 2004, has been responsible for catapulting several stories to the screen big. Some of the biggest films to come out of the list are American Hustle, »
- Stacy Lambe
There’s been a shakeup of senior management at one of Hollywood’s top postproduction facilities. Modern VideoFilm founder Moshe Barkat is out as president and CEO, as is Hugh Miller, the company’s CFO and second-ranking officer.
Both men’s names have been removed from the company’s website listing of its management team. Before Barkat was removed, the site listed him as “the driving force behind the growth and success of the company for more than three decades.” Ironically, the site also states that “our record for stability in management and staff is reflected in our longstanding client relationships.”
Modern VideoFilm, which has provided postproduction and distribution services to the film and TV industry for more than 33 years, employs more than 500 artists, engineers, producers, technicians, client representatives and support personnel at its facilities in Burbank, Glendale, Santa Monica and Arizona.
The company has worked on high-profile film and TV shows including Avatar, »
- David Robb
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