Sony Pictures and writer Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) have been developing a Steve Jobs biopic for a while. At first David Fincher was set to direct, but he eventually dropped out. Then Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) stepped in and cast Leonardo DiCaprio as Jobs. Soon after, however, DiCaprio dropped out, claiming that he's thinking about taking a break from acting. Boyle went out searching for his replacement and ended up with Christian Bale. It was recently confirmed that Bale was officially on board, but now comes word that the actor decided to also drop out. Boyle is now, once again, looking for a replacement. Meanwhile Seth Rogen is in negotiations to join the movie as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. »
Sorry, Aaron Sorkin: Christian Bale won't be playing Steve Jobs after all. Less than two weeks after the "Newsroom" creator indicated to Bloomberg that Bale was on board to play the Apple co-founder in the biopic he wrote for director Danny Boyle ("Slumdog Millionaire"), Variety is reporting that the Oscar winner has turned down the high-profile role after engaging in early talks with Boyle about the part. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that’s Chris Bale," said Sorkin in the Bloomberg interview. "He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. ...There isn’t a scene or frame that he’s not in, and there’s a tremendous amount of language. So it’s an extremely difficult part and he’s going to crush it." Bale is actually the second actor to »
- Chris Eggertsen
The nominations for the 17th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards have been announced.
'71 leads the nominations with nine nods, including Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.
Nominees up for the top prize of Best British Independent Film are '71, Calvary, Mr Turner, Pride and The Imitation Game. Previous winners have included The King's Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and This Is England.
Keira Knightley is up for Best Actress for The Imitation Game, along with Alicia Vikander for Testament of Youth, Cheng Pei Pei for Lilting, Gugu Mbatha-Raw for Belle and Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for Catch Me Daddy. »
Behind-the-scenes photographs reveal the intense process in which the 38-year-old Sherlock star ghoulishly transformed into "the Creature" for a stage adaptation at London's National Theatre.
Slumdog Millionaire’s Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle directed the stage play, which originally ran in London in 2011. The National Theatre Live has re-released a broadcast of Frankenstein to cinemas worldwide for a limited run. It's the third time the popular production has been shown in theaters.
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We already know that Sony Pictures is working on a Steve Jobs biopic that will star Christian Bale and be directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) from a script by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network). Now comes word that the role of Steve Wozniak will be played by Seth Rogen. Wozniak founded Apple with Jobs and Ronald Wayne and is credited with launching the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s, which had a profound impact on the microcomputer revolution. He left Apple as a full-time employee in 1987. Variety is reporting that Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is also in talks to join the cast. It's not clear which role she would play. 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, »
Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman will star in Lion, a drama based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian-born Australian who found his birth mother 25 years after they were separated. Patel will play the lead with Kidman as his adopted mother in the film to be directed by Garth Davis, who co-directed Top Of the Lake with Jane Campion. The Hollywood Reporter broke the casting news. Negotiations are underway with an Australian actor to play Brierley.s adopted father. Another key role is Saroo's Aussie girlfriend. Luke Davies, the screenwriter on Anton Corbijn's upcoming Life produced by See-Saw Films, has adapted Brierley.s memoir A Long Way Home. The producers are See-Saw Films. Emile Sherman and Iain Canning and Aquarius Films. Angie Fielder. The executive producers are Sunstar Entertainment's Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian. Shooting starts in India in January. The Weinstein Co. paid $US12 million for worldwide rights excluding Australasia, »
- Don Groves
For anyone who had a bet going that Christian Bale would never star in a movie with Seth Rogen, the game is over. We already know that Christian Bale has been confirmed to play Steve Jobs in a biopic set up at Sony Pictures with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle at the helm with a script from Aaron Sorkin. Now the rest of the cast is starting to fill out around Bale as Variety reports none other than Seth Rogen will Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the once right hand man to Jobs and designer of both the Apple I and Apple II computers in the late 1970s. This is a role far different than we've ever seen from Rogen. Read on! Rogen has rarely ventured outside of comedy with the only more serious roles being in Take This Waltz and the forthcoming The Sound and the Fury, so having him »
- Ethan Anderton
With Christian Bale now firmed up to play Steve Jobs in director Danny Boyle’s (Slumdog Millionaire) biopic for Sony, the rest of the cast is starting to come together. Aaron Sorkin’s script for the film is not your traditional biopic, and instead is comprised of three long scenes that revolve around three major product launches: the Mac in 1984, the NeXT in 1996, and the iPod in 2001. While Bale’s Jobs will no doubt be the central focus of the film, it appears that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak also figures into some of these scenes, as word comes that none other than Seth Rogen may take on the role of Wozniak in the film. More after the jump. Per The Wrap, Seth Rogen is being eyed to play Steve Wozniak in Boyle’s Steve Jobs movie, though Variety goes one further and says Rogen is set in the role. Wozniak »
- Adam Chitwood
Set in a shantytown on the outskirts of Tehran where a factory owner employs a horde of illegal Afghan workers, “A Few Cubic Meters of Love” is an earnest but affecting social-issue drama centered on a forbidden relationship. This debut feature from Afghanistan-born, Iran-based helmer-writer Jamshid Mahmoudi and his producer brother, Navid, does a good job of depicting the tensions that arise when refugees are deprived of their rights and subject to arbitrary abuse. Further fest play beckons for Afghanistan’s foreign-language Oscar entry, which nabbed awards for first feature and direction at Fajr.
Orphaned teen Saber (Saed Soheili) is part of an Iranian team laboring at a ramshackle scrap-metal workshop run by the genial Mr. Sabahi (Alireza Ostadi). Afghans work alongside Iranians, making wheelbarrows, buckets and basins for the construction industry, but they receive only half the salary of their local counterparts because they have no working papers. Moreover, »
- Alissa Simon
Even though Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) wanted to make a sequel to "Trainspotting," Ewan McGregor would constantly refuse to reprise his role, claiming that he doesn't want to ruin one of his favorite movies. But now that a good amount of time has passed, McGregor is not only open to returning, but is become increasingly eager. "It looks like it might happen," he said of the sequel. "The idea is that we shoot it in 2016, which would be 20 years after the original came out. And I'd be up for it. I wouldn't have been 10 years ago, but I am now." Boyle previously confirmed that the sequel would be based on "Porno," Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel. »
British director Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” about a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who stumble upon evidence certain to bring down a corrupt politico, took the top nod at the recently reconfigured Rome Film Festival where, instead of a jury, prizes are decided by paying ticket holders, to serve as a testing ground for distributors.
“Trash,” a South American answer of sorts to “Slumdog Millionaire,” world-preemed in Rio. Scripted by Richard Curtis, it features turns by Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, alongside a mostly Brazilian cast. Universal will be releasing worldwide.
The Mondo Genre section prize went to “Haider, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Academy usual suspect Stephen Daldry's much-anticipated thriller "Trash," starring Rooney Mara, is skipping the Oscars this year. But the Working Title film, which was shot with hand-held cameras on garbage dumps in Brazil and has yet to book stateside festival slots, did pick up the Audience Award at the Rome Film Festival (full winners list below). Cinephiles are eager to see the film after a well-received early teaser (below). Focus Features plans a 2015 release. Per Rt, the heart-tugger has been well-received across the board. Variety wrote: "Cleanly scripted in pure Hollywood fashion by Richard Curtis... '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. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
After Leonardo DiCaprio dropped out of starring in Sony's Steve Jobs biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), the studio reached out to Christian Bale as his possible replacement. In a new interview with Bloomberg, Sorkin confirmed that Bale has already signed on. "We needed the best actor on the board in a certain age range and that's Chris Bale," he said. "The role is an extremely difficult role; he has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined. There isn't a scene or frame that he's not in." 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 »
“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
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