Kristen Stewart is gearing up to work with an Oscar-winning director. The Wrap reports that the actress is in negotiations to join the ensemble of Ang Lee’s upcoming Iraq War movie Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. Based on the Ben Fountain novel of the same name, the film is an Iraq War satire that takes place in Texas and revolves around the surviving members of a squad of soldiers who, while preparing to return to Iraq, embark on a media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium. Most of the story takes place on the day of their appearance at the stadium, with flashbacks scattered throughout. Newcomer Joe Alwyn is set in the lead, but the project will reunite Stewart with her On the Road co-star Garrett Hedlund. She’ll be playing the titular character’s older sister. Lee is working from a screenplay by Oscar-winning scribe Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire »
- Adam Chitwood
Ang Lee continues to put together his troupe of actors for his upcoming movie, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, an adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel. Today we learn Kristen Stewart joins the cast, which will be lead by newcomer Joe Alwyn playing the title character as he and his Bravo squad mates have become heroes thanks to an embedded Fox News crew's footage of their firefight against Iraqi insurgents. During one day of their bizarre Victory Tour, set mostly at a Thanksgiving Day football game at Texas Stadium, they're wooed by Hollywood producers, smitten by Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, and share a stage at halftime with Beyonce. Guzzling Jack and Cokes and scuffling with fans, the Bravos are conflicted soldiers. Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) wrote the screenplay and Garrett Hedlund and Steve Martin co-star. Production begins later this month and some are suggesting this could be done for awards season this year, »
- Brad Brevet
With films by David Fincher, Walter Salles, and Olivier Assayas under her belt, and upcoming movies from Drake Doremus, Woody Allen, and Kelly Reichardt on the horizon, Kristen Stewart has found a steady groove of working with auteurs. And now she's adding another big name to her CV. The Wrap reports that the actress has joined Ang Lee's "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." She'll join Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin and Garrett Hedlund in the Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire," "127 Hours") penned adaptation of Ben Fountain's National Book Award Finalist about a young infantryman, who survives a firefight in Iraq in 2005 and is honored by George W. Bush during the Dallas Cowsboys halftime show at Thanksgiving, along with his fellow soldiers. After the celebration, they all return to Iraq to serve their country. Lensing will begin on the movie later this month and while it might seem like a tight squeeze »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ang Lee’s new project, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is one we’ve got our eyes on. The Oscar-winning director, a darling of the Academy, is quietly assembling an intriguing cast for his take on Ben Fountain's zeitgeisty novel. Kristen Stewart, fresh from an attention-grabbing turn in Still Alice, looks like being the next to join Steve Martin and Garrett Hedlund in Lee’s ensemble.The story flashes back and forth between a squad of eight Us soldiers, the titular Billy Lynn (British newcomer Joe Alwyn) among them, sheepishly taking the limelight - and the hero-worship – of Cowboys Stadium during an NFL game at which they’re guests of honour, and their traumatic tour in Iraq. If and when she signs up, Stewart will play Lynn’s big sister Kathryn.Simon ’Slumdog Millionaire’ Beaufoy has adapted the novel and will be juicing it for satirical, peppery comment on »
The controversial new film Unfreedom has unveiled its first theatrical trailer. Banned in India and featuring an ensemble cast including Victor Banerjee, the provocative film will be released uncut in U.S. theaters on May 29.
Unfreedom juxtaposes two powerful and unflinching contemporary stories about religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Shifting between New York and New Delhi, one tale follows a Muslim terrorist who kidnaps a liberal Muslim scholar in order to silence him, while the other charts the travails of a young woman whose devout father tries to force her into an arranged marriage, which she resists because she is secretly in love with another woman. The four characters come face to face with gruesome acts of violence in battles of identity, sexuality, religion, love, and family.
- Press Releases
Each year, a select group of Hollywood executives choose films for the "Black List," a roster of the best unproduced screenplays from the previous year. Acclaimed films that once appeared on this list include The Wolf of Wall Street, Slumdog Millionaire, and The Hangover.
Now, AwesomenessTV and Film 360 will bring one of 2013's Black List entries to fruition. The teen-focused entertainment company and the production studio have teamed up to produce Shovel Buddies, which was #8 on the 2013 Black List.
Shovel Buddies, written by Jason Hellerman, follows four teenagers as they attempt to complete the bucket list of a friend who has died of leukemia. "Along the way," reads a press release, "they learn more about themselves, their own relationships and the true meaning of friendship."
Film 360 initially approached Big Frame, the talent management company owned by Big Frame, with a plan to create a version of Shovel Buddies based around teenage digital stars. »
- Sam Gutelle
Read More: Watch: Gorgeous Supercut Puts the First and Final Shots of Movies Side-by-Side What happens when you compile a bunch of dance scenes from various films together into one video, along to the catchy Walk the Moon song, "Shut Up and Dance"? The result is impressively joyful. This video features a number of indie and classic films where characters, well, just shut up and dance. Academy Award favorites like "Silver Linings Playbook," "American Beauty" and "Slumdog Millionaire" get some attention. Then there's smaller indies like the relationship deconstructing "Blue Valentine," the Coen Brothers' crime-comedy "Burn After Reading," the delightful "Little Miss Sunshine," the unconventional romantic comedy "(500) Days of Summer" and the 2014 UK comedy "Pride," about gay activists helping miners during a 1984 strike. Will you shut up and dance along to the video? Watch and find out. Read »
- Travis Clark
There is definitely something about this phenomenal music maestro A.R. Rahman. It takes oodles of dedication, determination and conviction in oneself to reach the position that he enjoys globally. No wonder, he has single handedly managed to take India to places which one just couldn't dream about. After having got India it's much coveted Oscar award (for The Slumdog Millionaire), Rahman has done it yet again. This time round, his composition 'Infinite Love' has got featured in Un's 'World's Happiest Playlist'. The others who have found a place in the list include the likes of Charlize Theron ( 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall' by Coldplay), David Guetta ( 'Imagine' by John Lennon), Britney Spears ( 'Kiss' by Prince), and Yoko Ono, Nicole Scherzinger - 'Three Little Birds' by Bob Marley, amongst others. 'World's Happiest Playlist' was just recently unveiled by the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the 'International Day of Happiness' with Stevie Wonder anthem. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Michael Fassbender is currently working on the upcoming "Steve Jobs" biopic, and today we have a photo of some advertising created for the movie's set. It features Fassbender as Steve Jobs promoting his NeXT company, which he launched after being fired from Apple. Check it out below. In addition to Fassbender, the cast includes Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, Jeff Daniels as former Apple CEO John Sculley, Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs' ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team. The new movie is directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and is set to hit theaters on October 9th. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Earlier this year, we got a look at one of the sets for Steve Jobs, the film about the iconic technology innovator and co-founder of Apple Computers. Director Danny Boyle was using the real garage that Jobs created Apple in along with his right hand man Steve Wozniak, and it was made to look just as it did decades ago. However, with the exception of some spy photos from production on-location in California, we've yet to get a good look at Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs. But now we have one glimpse of the actor in the role in the form of a vintage promotional poster that has him promoting Apple's NeXT line of computers. This poster surfaced online, likely from another on-location set (originally found via The Playlist): #michaelfassbender A photo posted by @seannung on Mar 16, 2015 at 4:29pm Pdt Steve Jobs is directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, »
- Ethan Anderton
Thinking outside of convention.
Unfreedom breaks all the “rules”.
The film follows two different lives, the storyline pivoting on a female same-sex relationship and the dangers of religious extremism.
Shifting between New York and Delhi, one story explores the kidnapping of a liberal Muslim scholar by a Muslim terrorist. The other story dives into a woman’s journey -a woman secretly in love with another woman. She faces the challenges of this love when she refuses an arranged marriage set up by her religious father.
Classified as “too controversial” for release in India, the film will release in North American theatres on the 29th of May 2015 and simultaneously on digital channels via Film Buff.
The juxtaposition of »
- Aashi Gahlot
The International Indian Film Academy will this year travel to Kuala Lumpur for the 16th edition of its annual awards show, and will take olace in the first weekend of June.
The awards weekend, which ranges from fashion shows and screenings to community outreach events and a televised awards and variety show, aims to connect existing and potential audiences with Bollywood cinema and Bollywood stars. . They are run by Wizcraft Entertainment.
The Iifa Awards were previously held in Malaysia’s Genting Highlands 13 years ago.
Awards nominations are decided through a three day polling process that began today (Marc 13) with celebrities Anil Kapoor (“24,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Dia Mirza (Lage Raho Munna Bhai”) among the first to cast their votes.
“[In Kuala Lumpur] we have a large Indian population and Malaysian community that along with »
- Patrick Frater
Chicago – Motivated by financial necessity, sequels often mitigate business risk and satisfy studio executives by riding on the coattails of a previous fan base with brand equity. But business aside, to moviegoers the follow-up product so often feels like it “wasn’t nearly as good as the first” or didn’t need to return at all.
Rarely do we find films that are an exception to this unfortunate rule, but when we do, they are celebrated for doing twice what many films can’t even do once. And so is the recent case with the naturally charming “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. While the story didn’t need to continue and could have ended in May 2012 – when Fox Searchlight’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” won over audiences worldwide – mostly the same usual suspects have returned to inspire you to laugh, think, feel and escape all over again.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Internationally renowned musician and composer A.R. Rahman will embark on his 2015 North America tour this spring. Jbl Presents “A.R. Rahman: The Intimate Concert Tour” will kick off in May and come to Newark, New Jersey and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall on May 27th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on March 6th. VIP tickets go on sale March 4th. Fans who purchase VIP packages will receive premium tickets along with a meet & greet and photo with A.R. Rahman.
“I’ve been wanting to return to North America to perform for a while now, and I’m excited to be coming back for a series of concerts this spring,” said A.R. Rahman. “These are going to be very special performances and I’m grateful to have the chance to share them with you.”
Rahman’s upcoming concert will feature a range of material from his illustrious career, »
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Along with his work in Bollywood and in India, you have seen choreographer Longinus Fernandes’ work in Slumdog Millionaire in the ‘Jai Ho’ sequence and in Eat Pray Love among many others. Now Fernandes has brought his unique style and fabulous moves to the movies again for a special sequence in director John Madden’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. What makes it so special is that the choreographer worked with some of the best actors in the world including Richard Gere, Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Lillette Dubey, and Dev Patel to name just a few and got them to dance to the Bollywood beat of the killer song ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’.
I was lucky enough to get the chance to do an email interview with Longinus about The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and more! Check out what he had to say about working on the film, getting »
- Stacey Yount
If you're heading to the multiplex this weekend there's a good chance that you'll be catching a movie starring Dev Patel. It's a rare occurrence for any actor, but the "Slumdog Millionaire" breakout has the fortune of having two different films open in the U.S. today. In Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie," Patel plays a robotics designer and computer programmer who brings the title character to life in a dangerous and unstable environment. His other new release is Fox Searchlight's "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," where he reprises his role as Sonny, a young entrepreneur who runs what is effectively a retirement home for British Expats in Jaipur, India. The surviving members of this geriatric crew, including Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton and Celia Imrie, are all back for more life affirming adventures as Richard Gere checks in to stir things up. Don't worry, the venerable Maggie Smith »
- Gregory Ellwood
March Film Madness is upon us! Here are 15 films to look out for in the coming month. March 6 “Chappie”From Neill Blomkamp (“District 9”) comes Hollywood’s latest look at the intersection between artificial and nascent human-like intelligence. Starring Dev Patel (“Slumdog Millionaire”), and Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver as the villains, “Chappie” is set in the near future where humans are policed by robots. When Deon Wilson (Patel) reprograms one and finds he’s able to feel and learn, a fight over the robot begins. In supporting roles are South African rappers Yolandi Visser and Ninja of Die Antwoord. “Unfinished Business”Starring Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco, Tom Wilkinson, and Sienna Miller, this comedy gets raunchy when three small business partners with everything on the line hoof it to Germany to close a major deal. “Showing the client a good time” leads to boozing, fetish parties, and Vince Vaughn being. »
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk is a bit of a clumsy title, so I'm going to do my best not to write it out too many times in the paragraphs that follow, but just a week after director Ang Lee cast newcomer Joe Alwyn in the title role for his latest film, The Wrap reports veteran Steve Martin has officially signed on for the project. amz asin="B00655KLOY" size="small"The film is an adaptation of Ben Fountain's bestselling novel and centers on Billy Lynn (Alwyn) and his Bravo squad mates, who become heroes thanks to footage of the team's firefight against Iraqi insurgents taken by an embedded Fox News crew. The president brings the soldiers home for a victory tour before heading back to the frontlines, which includes a stop at a Thanksgiving Day football game at Texas Stadium where the men are wooed by Hollywood producers, »
- Jordan Benesh
Following a brief spell out of the spotlight, Steve Martin is staging his movie comeback for a new adaptation cooking up over at Tristar. The renowned funnyman has joined Brokeback Mountain helmer Ang Lee’s forthcoming flick, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
The adaptation is based on the best-selling novel by Ben Fountain, and will trace the story of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn. Newcomer Joe Alwyn nabbed the titular role last week, playing the youngster who survives a harrowing Iraq battle that is fortuitously captured by news cameras. He and his squad, Bravo Company, return stateside at the behest of the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, which culminates at the spectacular halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game. It’s not all cheers, however, as the company face a dreaded return to the frontline.
The movie is expected to be set during that game, and will »
- Gem Seddon
Newcomer Joe Alwyn leads the film as a soldier whose unit is brought back to the Us temporarily after surviving an attack in Iraq.
The soldiers are given a celebration at a Dallas Cowboys football game, before being sent back into service in Iraq.
Martin has been cast as a slippery Hollywood producer who attempts to buy the film rights to Billy Lynn's (Alwyn) story, reports The Wrap.
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