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New Mutants Replaces Rosario Dawson with Alice Braga

New Mutants Replaces Rosario Dawson with Alice Braga
Just a month after Rosario Dawson entered talks to play Dr. Celia Reyes in 20th Century Fox's The New Mutants, the actress has backed out of the role, with Alice Braga stepping in to replace her. No reason for Rosario Dawson's departure was given, but with production slated to begin next month in Boston, it's easy to see why a replacement was found so quickly. It hasn't been confirmed how many other roles still need to be filled as we get closer and closer to production getting under way.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on this casting update, with Alice Braga joining an ensemble that already includes a talented cast of youngsters. Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams plays Wolfsbane, with Split star Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik, 13 Reasons Why star Henry Zaga as Sunspot, Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton as Cannonball and The Originals star Blu Hunt as Mirage.
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Great Job, Internet!: A requiem for the dream of Tim Allen being a Hollywood draw

Let’s make something clear up front: Tim Allen is doing just fine. Dude’s on the sixth season of his ABC sitcom Last Man Standing in addition to regularly raking in those sweet, sweet Toy Story and Home Improvement residuals. Still, you might be wondering why you don’t see Allen in movies anymore, and that’s the question this video from Looper attempts to answer in “Why Hollywood Won’t Cast Tim Allen Anymore.”

The video spans a number of topics, from the staleness of Allen’s “man’s man” schtick to the clock ticking down on his franchise work and the commercial and critical failure of his stand-alone projects (outside of Galaxy Quest, of course, which rules). One curiosity the video only touches on briefly was Allen’s quick stab at drama, which found him superbly cast in David Mamet’s unsung Redbelt. In it, Allen’s
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David Mamet to direct movie version of his play Speed-the-Plow

The playwright is to return to big-screen directing duties for the first time in eight years as he takes over from Michael Polish

David Mamet is to take charge of a big-screen transfer of his 1988 Hollywood satire Speed-the-Plow. According to Deadline, Mamet – whose last movie as director was little-seen drama Redbelt (2008) – has taken over from Michael Polish as director of the project.

Related: Need for Speed the Plow: David Mamet to adapt stage satire for big screen

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Chiwetel Ejiofor to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards

Chiwetel Ejiofor to Be Honored at British Independent Film Awards
London — Chiwetel Ejiofor will be honored at the British Independent Film Awards on Dec. 6. He will receive the Richard Harris Award, which recognizes an outstanding contribution to British film by an actor.

Previous recipients have included John Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Emma Thompson.

Jared Harris, Harris’ son, commented: “Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the establishment, they all came from outside it, fought their way in on the strength of their talent, claimed their place and changed the status quo: a journey that describes Chiwetel’s career perfectly. His talent is immense, it has brought him deserved worldwide recognition, and he is in his prime.”

In 1996, Ejiofor caught the attention of Steven Spielberg who cast him in “Amistad,” opposite Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins. In 2002, he was nominated for his first major awards: the Bifa for
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Chiwetel Ejiofor to receive honorary Bifa

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British star of 12 Years A Slave to receive Richard Harris Award.

The Moët British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) had announced that Chiwetel Ejiofor is to be honoured with The Richard Harris Award at this year’s ceremony on Dec 6 at London’s Old Billingsgate.

The award, introduced in 2002 in honour of actor Richard Harris, recognises outstanding contribution to British film by an actor. Previous winners have included John Hurt, David Thewlis, Bob Hoskins, Jim Broadbent, Daniel Day-Lewis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson in 2014.

A statement from the festival said Ejiofor had been selected to receive the honour “in recognition of his exceptional service to the film industry, not just here in the UK but internationally as an ambassador for British film”.

Jared Harris, son of Richard Harris, said: “I am so happy this award is going to Chiwetel. Although the recipients of this award have all been embraced by the
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David Mamet returning to movies with ‘Speed-the-Plow’ film adaptation

Hollywood is no stranger to smart, cynical, profane, edgy dialogue and writing in their modern dramas and comedies, but for a few years they’ve been without the style’s eminent champion, David Mamet. His last film was the HBO Movie Phil Spector, preceded by the 2008 Mma fighting drama Redbelt.

Deadline reported Monday that Mamet is making his way back to the big screen via an adaptation of his play Speed-the-Plow, in which Mamet himself will adapt the stage production.

Speed-the-Plow is a movie-biz satire in which two Hollywood producers angle to get a big movie star to make a film under their studio banner, despite him being under contract with another. The two also make a bet to see who can first seduce and bed a young Hollywood upstart, who has her own motives to deceive the producers. It involves a theme that Mamet would later revisit in Wag the Dog
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James Marsden Joins HBO’s Westworld

The casting for HBO’s sci-fi drama pilot, Westworld, continues to move ahead at full steam today, with news that we can now add good ol’ Cyclops to the list, as actor James Marsden has hopped on board.

Just a mere 24 hours after the J.J. Abrams-produced TV adaptation of the 1973 Michael Crichton film announced that a bevy of actors had joined the cast, including Boardwalk Empire‘s Jeffery Wright, it is now known that Marsden will help round out the line-up. The actor will be playing Teddy Flood, a mysterious wanderer with a penchant for guns and gals who’ll find himself on a journey of dark and epic proportions.

HBO is doing a fantastic job of setting up this TV pilot for success with its talented and diversified cast. Jeffery Wright is a veteran character actor who opened the eyes of Hollywood with his scintillating turn as Peoples
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The 101 Best Sports Movies of All Time

A quarter-century ago, Kevin Costner hit a double-play, following up "Bull Durham" with "Field of Dreams" and becoming king of the sports movie. Twenty-five years later, as "Field of Dreams" marks its 25th anniversary (it was released on April 21, 1989), Costner is back with "Draft Day." The movie's about football, not baseball, and Costner's character plays in the executive suite, not on the field, but his mere presence still offers a reminder of great sports movies past.

And after all, isn't nostalgia a key element of sports movies? "Field of Dreams" makes this explicit -- we long for the sports heroes of our childhood, for a supposed long-gone golden age of our preferred sport, as a way of connecting with our past and bridging the generational divide that separates us as adults from our parents. Sports movies offer more than just the drama of winners and losers, or the journey from dream to achievement,
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Chiwetel Ejiofor on responsibility and the necessity of violence in '12 Years a Slave'

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Chiwetel Ejiofor's recent BAFTA win for Best Actor was a sweet victory for the 36-year-old actor, and not just because it came on home turf. Eight years previously, the Londoner scored (and lost) his first BAFTA nod in the Rising Star category. Last Sunday's win, atop a slew of recent honors for his imposing turn as freeman-turned-slave Solomon Northup in "12 Years a Slave" -- including, of course, his first Oscar nomination -- underlined the fact that his star has now risen. Long a promising standout in films as diverse as "Dirty Pretty Things," "Kinky Boots" and "Redbelt," the stage-trained star has now asserted himself as a leading man of formidable presence and intelligence. Ejiofor caught up with us by phone from New Zealand -- where he's currently shooting Craig Zobel's sci-fi project "Z for Zachariah" alongside Chris Pine and Margot Robbie -- to discuss his approach to Steve McQueen's film,
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Chiwetel Ejiofor joins Hollywood elite

After parallel successes on stage and screen, the Londoner is being lauded as one of the greatest actors of his generation

However good they are, actors always need a defining role to transform them into a film star, and as the kidnap victim Solomon Northup in the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor has found his.

Always an impressive performer on screen – certainly since his breakthrough role as a refugee doctor opposite Audrey Tautou in 2002's Dirty Pretty Things – Ejiofor is now on the cusp of joining the global film-acting elite. He has already been the recipient of scores of year-end critics' awards for 12 Years a Slave, as well as Golden Globe and Bafta nominations – and the industry will view it a significant scandal if an Oscar nomination doesn't materialise on 16 January.

Northup is the central figure in McQueen's project to confront the Us with its slavery past.
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Tracking Shot: Craig Zobel, Justin Kurzel & Nanni Moretti Shooting in January

We wake from our December holiday production break slumber for a production month of January that has some notable American indie productions, foreign films projects worth signaling out. Tracking Shot is sponsored by Production Weekly. German auteur Wim Wenders returns to Montreal for the winter portion of filming on Everything is Fine – the 3D drama stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josee Croze. After distinctly break-out indie offerings in Great World of Sound and Compliance, Craig Zobel is packing his bags for New Zealand. Adapted from the classic novel, Z for Zachariah sees Chris Pine, Amanda Seyfried and Chewitel Ejiofor jousting a little during the end of the world. A neighboring production can be found in Australia, David Mamet (his last theatrical release was 08′s Redbelt) is set to unload Blackbird – this is about a grieving granddaughter of a famous special effects artist in Hollywood discovers secrets (plot
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Once Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret, Chiwetel Ejiofor Is Now a Name to Remember

Once Hollywood’s Best Kept Secret, Chiwetel Ejiofor Is Now a Name to Remember
Chiwetel Ejiofor has finally arrived. And the proof comes when he doesn’t — at least not immediately.

He is now 15 minutes late for his breakfast interview. The owner of the Beverly Hills cafe is anxiously awaiting the appearance of the actor, whose reservation was made in his name. “We’re trying really hard not to freak out,” she quietly confides to a journalist.

Ejiofor laughs good-naturedly when the story is relayed to him. He’s still not quite used to all the attention, but feels fortunate that people have responded so positively to his new film “12 Years a Slave,” for which he has collected top actor awards from several critics groups and nominations from SAG and the Golden Globes. His standout performance as the film’s lead character, Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery, is considered a surefire bet for an Oscar nom.

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The HeyUGuys Instant Watching Guide – December 16th 2013

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Some pretty good titles this week in the build up to Christmas when Now TV will suddenly dominate the week with all the new content they got coming.

The titles of note this week are as follows:

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Take an unfilmable book, add the sibling directors of The Matrix and Speed Racer and the underrated director of Run Lola Run and Perfume, sit back and watch the beautiful, flawed and transcendent results. David Mitchell’s spiritual, revolutionary and vast book practically begs to be filmed due to the concepts and visuals that it asks you to conjure in your mind but it also has a tricky reincarnation subtext with characters appearing again and again in slightly different guises each time. The Wachowski’s and Tom Tykwer decided to use the same actors with heavy prosthetics or different skin tone or even a different sex in each different period over 300 years.
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James Badge Dale Joins Mamet's Blackbird

Not counting short films, it's five years since we last heard from David Mamet, in the form of the excellent Redbelt. Back in May came the news that he was working on a conspiracy thriller called Blackbird, with Cate Blanchett attached to star. While not much was heard in the meantime, there are finally developments this morning, with the news that James Badge Dale has joined the project.Not to be confused with the other Blackbird in development (which is a music-biz romance with Machine Gun Kelly and Minnie Driver), this one is a Hitchcockian affair. Blanchett's character heads to La for her grandfather's funeral, and learns that the erstwhile Hollywood VFX artist used to moonlight for shady Us intelligence agencies and was involved in the JFK assassination. It's knowledge that puts her in some danger from people who would rather it stayed secret, and she needs to delve even
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Interview: '12 Years a Slave' Star Chiwetel Ejiofor on Solomon Northup

"I don't want to survive... I want to live." Portraying the true story of Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen's newest film 12 Years a Slave, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor delivers an extraordinarily powerful, nuanced, emotional, and brutal yet heartfelt performance, one of the finest seen on screen this year. Chiwetel is yet another British actor with a unique name that many cinephiles have come to love, thanks to a diverse career with highlights including Dirty Pretty Things, Serenity, Kinky Boots, Children of Men, American Gangster, Redbelt and 2012 recently. I first met Chiwetel back in 2008 for an interview about Redbelt, and was lucky to catch up with him again in 2013 for a chat about playing Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave. Read on. I've screened 12 Years a Slave twice already (read my Telluride review), being moved to tears both times, most often at shots of Ejiofor's face near the end. It was
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'12 Years a Slave' Star Chiwetel Ejiofor Explains Why He Was Worried About Whether He Could Pull Off the Role

'12 Years a Slave' Star Chiwetel Ejiofor Explains Why He Was Worried About Whether He Could Pull Off the Role
Chiwetel Ejiofor is hardly a newcomer: Over the past 15 years, he has appeared in key supporting roles of movies ranging from Spike Lee's "Inside Man" to Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda." He starred in David Mamet's "Redbelt" and wore drag in "Kinky Boots." But none of those performances garnered the acclaim being heaped on to his top role in Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" weeks ahead of its release. Powerfully received after screenings in Telluride and Toronto, McQueen's tale of a kidnapped free man in the 1840's who was sold into slavery features Ejiofor as real-life victim Solomon Northup. It's a raw, intimate depiction that provides an empathic center to the horrors of the times. Almost immediately after its first public screening, "12 Years a Slave" generated serious discussion about Ejiofor as the Oscar frontrunner for Best Actor. But he has also garnered acclaim for more than
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'12 Years a Slave' review: Ejiofor shines in brutal slave narrative

'12 Years a Slave' review: Ejiofor shines in brutal slave narrative
Director: Steve McQueen; Screenwriter: Josh Ridley; Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong'o, Alfre Woodard, Brad Pitt, Paul Dano; Running time: 133 mins

With 12 Years a Slave, British director Steve McQueen has crafted something that goes far beyond the typical movie experience. Based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup, the film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man living in 1840s Saratoga, New York who finds himself tricked and sold into slavery. The simple synopsis fails to do justice to the sort of physical and spiritual torment that Northup endures for over a decade thereafter, as he is separated from his wife and children and passed from one slave owner to another.

McQueen has made a reputation for himself as a director who excels in telling stories that focus on the emotional and physical extremes of the human body. In Hunger and Shame, these extremes hinge mostly on denial and excess.
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Indie Trailer Sunday: Chiwetel Ejiofor in Tiff's 'Half of a Yellow Sun'

"I feel as if I have been dropped into something I don't entirely understand." One of the many dramatic films premiering at the Toronto Film Festival (aka Tiff) this September is Half of a Yellow Sun, from playwright-turned-filmmaker Biyi Bandele, a drama that brings together the lives of four people during the struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria in the 1960s. Chiwetel Ejiofor (who also stars in 12 Years a Slave) and Thandie Newton play two lovers that are part of a wealthy family dealing with the turbulence of war. Co-stars Anika Noni Rose, Joseph Mawle & John Boyega (from Attack the Block). Enjoy. Here's the first Tiff promo trailer for Biyi Bandele's Half of a Yellow Sun, found via Awards Daily: Acclaimed actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (seen in this year's 12 Years A Slave as well as Children of Men, Serenity, Redbelt, 2012, Salt) and Thandie Newton (seen in W., Crash,
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Paradigm Signs ‘Modern Family’s Ed O’Neill

Exclusive: Modern Family star Ed O’Neill has signed with Paradigm, joining his longtime agent Iris Grossman who moved from ICM Partners to Paradigm earlier this month. O’Neill, who is managed by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is the third major Grossman client to follow her from ICM to Paradigm joining Mandy Patinkin and Fraces Conroy. O’Neill stars as patriarch Jay Pritchett on ABC’s Emmy-winning comedy Modern Family, a role that has earned him two Emmy nominations. He is one of the highest-paid actors on TV as he also has ownership in the show. O’Neill’s previous series credits include Married… With Children, John From Cincinnati and The West Wing. In features and on stage, O’Neill has a decades-spanning affiliation with the Pulitzer-winning playwright David Mamet, appearing in his films The Spanish Prisoner, Spartan and Redbelt and stage productions of Lakeboat and Keep Your Pantheon.
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Cate Blanchett Lands In Blackbird

Cate Blanchett Lands In Blackbird
Aside from a couple of shorts, David Mamet hasn’t written and directed anything on the big screen since 2008’s martial arts drama Redbelt. He’s back with a script called Blackbird and has scored Cate Blanchett as his leading lady.Mamet is dipping into conspiracy theory for this one, chronicling the tale of a woman called Janet (Blanchett) who heads to Los Angeles for her grandfather’s funeral.She discovers that he was keeping more than a few secrets from the family, not least of which is that in addition to working as a talented visual effects artist in Hollywood, he moonlighted as a consultant to Us Special Ops agencies. Oh, and he was somehow involved with the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. Soon, Janet’s life is under threat, and she’ll need to probe deeper into what her grandfather knew to survive.It won’t surprise to
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