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Heist Thriller ‘Silver Arrow’ Draws Phedon Papamichael to Direct

29 September 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Green-Light International has bought Nika Agiashvili’s spec script “The Silver Arrow” for six figures and tapped “Nebraska” cinematographer Phedon Papamichael to direct, Variety has learned exclusively.

“The Silver Arrow” is being developed as an international heist thriller about a group of thieves in the search of the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow, a legendary pre-World War II racing car.

Producers are developing the movie as a franchise starter. Chad Moore and Jeff Elliott will produce alongside Michael Becker of Imprint Entertainment and Nika Agiashvili.

Green-Light International will finance and handle worldwide sales, which will begin at the American Film Market in November. Producers are planning to begin shooting in early 2017.

Papamichael received an cinematography Oscar nomination for “Nebraska.” Other credits include “The Descendants,” “Sideways,” “Pursuit of Happyness” and “Cool Runnings.” He just wrapped lensing “Downsizing,” starring Matt Damon, for Alexander Payne.

Green-Light International recently produced “Imperium,” starring Daniel Radcliffe and is in preparation on “Untogether, »

- Dave McNary

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Environmental Media Association Awards to Honor Shailene Woodley

22 September 2016 6:14 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Snowden” star Shailene Woodley will be feted next month by the Environmental Media Association for her activism on climate change and other issues.

The 26th annual Environmental Media Association Awards will honor Woodley with the Female Ema Futures Award for her involvement in social and environmental issues, including the recent protests over the Dakota Pipeline Access project in North Dakota.

“A strong proponent of climate change and individual responsibility, we couldn’t be more proud to honor and share this young woman’s authentic commitment and ‘boots on the ground’ rallying for social and environmental justice issues,” said Debbie Levin, CEO of Ema.

“We must stand in solidarity and acknowledge our responsibility for not only those alive now, but for all generations to come,” said Woodley. “Protecting our Earth and its creatures is protecting humanity and its children. This Ema Futures Award shows me that there are millions of us »

- Joshua Terry

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Walton Goggins To Star In ‘Keeping It Real’ Showtime Comedy From Charles Randolph, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

21 September 2016 2:52 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Walton Goggins is set as the star of a high-profile comedy project, which has landed at Showtime for development with a significant commitment. Titled Keeping It Real, the dark comedy is created/written by Charles Randolph, an Oscar winner for co-writing The Big Short, and has two other writing Oscar winners, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants), attached to direct. The project hails from Showtime as well as CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman/Beverly, reuniting… »

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Miles Teller’s Hustle: How The ‘War Dogs’ Star Is Building One of Hollywood’s Most Versatile Careers

17 August 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Miles Teller is blonde now. The “Whiplash” and “War Dogs” star is currently sporting a mop of electric yellow hair, courtesy of Joseph Kosinski’s currently filming “Granite Mountain,” which casts Teller as a firefighter tasked with battling a wicked Arizona wildfire back in 2013. For Teller, it’s the next big step in a seemingly ever-evolving feature film career that, less than a six years in, already contains starring roles in festival favorites, Oscar contenders, superhero franchises and bawdy comedies.

In Teller’s newest feature, the Todd Phillips-directed “War Dogs,” the actor again changes direction, thanks to an action comedy that casts the actor alongside Jonah Hill as a pair of unlikely arms dealers who get in over their heads when they attempt to close a big deal with the U.S. government. But although the film has all the hallmarks of a Phillips film – namely, it’s about »

- Kate Erbland

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‘Rick and Morty’ Cast, Co-Creator Dan Harmon Improvise Mini-Episode — Watch

10 August 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s animated sci-fi series “Rick and Morty” follows the high-concept adventures of an alcoholic genius scientist, Rick, and his naïve, nebbishy grandson, Morty (both voiced by Roiland). The series has garnered widespread critical acclaim for its madcap imagination, dark humor, and its existentialist perspective. Aside from their series, the “Rick and Morty” team also excel at improvisation, evidenced by Roiland and Harmon’s respective podcasts – “The Grandma’s Virginity Podcast” and “Harmontown” – and the cast’s improv backgrounds. Now, Roiland, Harmon, Spencer Grammer, who plays Morty’s older sister Summer, and writer Ryan Ridley improvise a mini-episode of the series for New York Magazine. Watch it below.

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman,’ ‘Rick and Morty,’ and Our Love/Hate Relationship with TV

Dan Harmon is best known for creating and producing the cult NBC sitcom “Community,” about a group of misfits who attend Greendale Community College, »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Rick and Morty’ Cast, Co-Creator Dan Harmon Improvise Mini-Episode — Watch

10 August 2016 9:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s animated sci-fi series “Rick and Morty” follows the high-concept adventures of an alcoholic genius scientist, Rick, and his naïve, nebbishy grandson, Morty (both voiced by Roiland). The series has garnered widespread critical acclaim for its madcap imagination, dark humor, and its existentialist perspective. Aside from their series, the “Rick and Morty” team also excel at improvisation, evidenced by Roiland and Harmon’s respective podcasts – “The Grandma’s Virginity Podcast” and “Harmontown” – and the cast’s improv backgrounds. Now, Roiland, Harmon, Spencer Grammer, who plays Morty’s older sister Summer, and writer Ryan Ridley improvise a mini-episode of the series for New York Magazine. Watch it below.

Read More: ‘BoJack Horseman,’ ‘Rick and Morty,’ and Our Love/Hate Relationship with TV

Dan Harmon is best known for creating and producing the cult NBC sitcom “Community,” about a group of misfits who attend Greendale Community College, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Shailene Woodley Caravans Across U.S. to Democratic National Convention

25 July 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Philadelphia — The Convention-eve resignation of Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Sunday evening emphasized that this week’s party conclave in Philadelphia may not be the seamless coronation that most Democratic operatives pined for.

Embarrassing emails showed that party leaders had conspired to short-circuit the maverick campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. That led Schultz to announce, within just hours of the news breaking, that she would step down at week’s end, after more than a decade as Democratic Party chair.

Democrats now know they will not escape the kind of tendentious infighting that distracted Republicans last week in Cleveland as they nominated Donald Trump. Even before Schultz’s swift exit, thousands of Sanders supporters were ready to make sure of that. The pro-Sanders camp had planned a week of protests to guarantee that Democratic nominee-in-waiting Hillary Clinton had to at least share the stage with their anti-establishment agenda. »

- James Rainey

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Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' to Get Europe Premiere at San Sebastian Festival

8 July 2016 4:19 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oliver Stone's biopic Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the Nsa whistleblower, will get its European premiere at the 64th edition of the San Sebastian Festival. The film will screen in the Spanish festival's official selection in an out-of-competition slot. The cast also includes Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, Divergent), Melissa Leo and Nicolas Cage. It will be Stone’s seventh visit to the festival, but the first time one of his films has been included in the official selection. In 1986, he brought Salvador to the event for a screening that marked the first at the big Velodrome, where

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- Georg Szalai

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Meeting of minds by Anne-Katrin Titze

7 July 2016 1:31 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The Orchard's Paul Davidson, Morgan Neville, Yo-Yo Ma and Sony's Dennis Kooker Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Introducing Gay Talese, the author of The Voyeur's Motel (to be adapted for the screen by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, directed by Sam Mendes and produced by Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks) and Morgan Neville, the Oscar-winning director of 20 Feet From Stardom, at Lotos Club, created a Music Of Strangers conversation that lead to Alexander Payne's producer Jim Burke (Downsizing, The Descendants and Election) for A Beautiful Game, the Marx Brothers, Best Of Enemies, Keith Richards: Under the Influence and Joan Didion in Shotgun Freeway: Drives Through Lost L.A.

Gay Talese on The Music Of Strangers: "This is a major international film!" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Darlene Love, Richard Gere and Barbara Kopple hosted the after party where Cristina Pato, Kojiro Umezaki, Colin Jacobsen, Shane Shanahan, Joseph Gramley, Evan Ziporyn, Johnny Gandelsman, Sandeep Das, Abigail Washburn, Logan Coale, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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​'Money Monster': Are George Clooney and Julia Roberts Still Box Office Draws?

15 May 2016 8:31 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

15 years ago, a movie starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts would have been automatic box office gold -- a guaranteed $35 million opening weekend. This weekend, however, the pair's "Money Monster" opened in third place, with an estimated $15.0 million, and even that was better than analysts predicted.

Because it came behind "Captain America: Civil War" (which held the top spot for the second week in a row) and Disney's "The Jungle Book," "Money Monster" will probably engender a lot of hand-wringing about how original movies and old-fashioned star power no longer attract audiences like they once did. Even though the film earned a modest $3 million more than expected.

There was similar discussion this time last year, when Clooney's "Tormorrowland" flopped, followed by the failure of Cameron Crowe's "Aloha," despite the presence of Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. Many observers saw those failures as a death knell for both original screenplays »

- Gary Susman

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Josh Wiggins and Odeya Rush In First Photo From The Bachelors

13 May 2016 6:57 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Fortitude International has released a first look photo from The Bachelors.

The movie stars Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Terminator Genisys, Juno), Golden Globe and Oscar nominee Julie Delpy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset),  Josh Wiggins (Hellion, Max, Lost In The Sun) and Odeya Rush (Upcoming Hunter’S Prayer, The Giver, Goosebumps)

Hoping for a fresh start, a widower and his 17-year-old son move from a small northern California town to Los Angeles, where a new job, a new school, a wry old friend and two extraordinary women play a transformative role in the reshaping of their lives.

Fortitude is handling international rights to the film in Cannes.

The comedy drama is written and directed by Kurt Voelker (Sweet November, Park) and produced by Matthew Baer (Unbroken, Maggie, City By The Sea), George Parra (Joy, The Descendants, Silver Linings Playbook), and Windowseat Entertainment’s Joe McKelheer (Barely Lethal, The Hammer) and Bill Kiely (Chasing Giants, »

- Michelle McCue

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George Clooney: His best performances to date

10 May 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

When it comes to movie stars, few actors in Hollywood better encapsulate what you want out of a veteran A-lister than George Clooney. Not only is he an accomplished actor with an Academy Award on his mantle, he’s a highly regarded writer and director, with an Oscar for producing under his belt as well. He’s a jack of all trades, and with a new star vehicle out on Friday in Money Monster (which I actually see tomorrow), I thought it was high time to go over his best performances to date. There’s no shortage of quality on Clooney’s permanent record, so finding his top works so far won’t be hard, on top of being a pleasure. He’s had a great career that’s only about at the midway point, so there’s not only tons to look at, but plenty more to come as well! »

- Joey Magidson

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'Twin Peaks' cast list: 11 major omissions, from Lara Flynn Boyle to Heather Graham

25 April 2016 4:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

What a way to start off the week! The formidable cast list for Showtime's forthcoming Twin Peaks revival series was revealed this morning, and man, is it a doozy. In addition to boasting such key returning players as Kyle MacLachlan (Dale Cooper), Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer/Maddy Ferguson) and Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne), there are a number of surprising A-listers in the mix including Michael Cera, Trent Reznor, Amanda Seyfried and Naomi Watts. On the downside, a not-insignificant number of cast members from both the original series and the 1992 prequel film Fire Walk with Me are completely absent from the list. Where, for instance, is Lara Flynn Boyle (or Moira Kelly, for that matter)? Michael Ontkean? Piper Laurie? Joan Chen? Anyone from the mill? (Literally, there is no one from the mill.) So while I'm thankful that most of the major players are back in action, I can't help but »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Phedon Papamichael Eschews Visual Flash for Authenticity, Humanity

20 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Phedon papamichael might not have the name identification of such fellow directors of photography as Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki or Roger Deakins, but his status among his peers is no less elite. He has brought out the best in directors like Alexander Payne, James Mangold and Gore Verbinski. And he has demonstrated a mastery of several genres, from psychological thrillers to dramedies, from biopics to Westerns, from arthouse curios to mega-budget blockbusters.

If cinematographers like to think of themselves as chameleons, Papamichael prides himself on an oeuvre in which no two movies look alike.

“It’s not really applying a style, it’s really adjusting to the story,” says Variety’s latest Billion Dollar Cinematographer. “Not just that, it’s really saving all those decisions — (involving) the performances and locations and actors — until you have all the elements unfold in front of you the moment you’re about to do it. »

- Steve Chagollan

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Kristen Wiig Joins Matt Damon in ‘Downsizing’

29 March 2016 2:07 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kristen Wiig will star alongside Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau in Paramount’s social satire “Downsizing” with Alexander Payne directing.

Wiig is taking the place of Reese Witherspoon, who withdrew recently due to scheduling conflicts.

Downsizing” centers on an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces people to a tiny fraction of their size before moving to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.

Payne is co-writing the script with Jim Taylor. The duo won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Sideways” and collaborated on the scripts for “Citizen Ruth,” “Election,” “Jurassic Park III,” “About Schmidt” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”

Downsizing” will be produced by Payne and Mark Johnson and will begin production this spring. Taylor and Jim Burke are exec producing.

Payne’s directing credits include “Citizen Ruth, »

- Dave McNary

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Shailene Woodley: Her best performances so far

14 March 2016 11:08 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

For my money, there are few up and coming actresses in Hollywood more exciting to watch than Shailene Woodley. In a relatively short period of time, Woodley has managed to work her way up the A-list, becoming someone whose mere presence in a film is something to be excited about. She’s been snubbed for Academy Award attention at least three times now, for The Descendants, The Fault in Our Stars, and The Spectacular Now, though her time is coming soon enough, perhaps even this year for her supporting work in the biopic Snowden. She’s also been able to anchor a big blockbuster franchise, taking the lead in the Divergent films, which continue this week with The Divergent Series: Allegiant. One thing is for sure, she’s one of the best that the industry has to offer… Here now are Woodley’s best performances to date: 5. Divergent 4. The Descendants »

- Joey Magidson

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Review: How Amazon's 'Bosch' figured itself out for season 2

10 March 2016 7:32 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Titus Welliver's righteous Lapd homicide cop Harry Bosch begins the second season of Amazon's Bosch on suspension for a stunt he pulled when last we saw him. Shaving off the beard he grew during his time away from the job, he playfully considers sticking with some mutton-chop sideburns and/or a mustache, before finally chopping it all off to the great relief of his daughter Maddie. This is at once a wink to the various epic stages of Welliver's facial hair on Deadwood and a nod to the fact that, in Michael Connelly's best-selling series of Harry Bosch novels, his hero sports a thick policeman's 'stache. Welliver began the series clean-shaven, in part because he didn't have time to grow anything after he was cast. But the shaving scene is a way for the Bosch creative team to make clear that, even as they continue to incorporate plot »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Oliver Stone, Mark Duplass Headline 2016 Idaho Film Festival

2 March 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Founded in the 1930s as a ski resort by railroad magnate W. Averell Harriman, Sun Valley, Idaho, swiftly grew to become a winter playground for the rich and famous. It was pushed to prominence by the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Gary Cooper and Marilyn Monroe, oft photographed dining at the area’s famed steakhouses or frolicking in its powdery snow.

Decades later, the Sun Valley Film Festival, kicking off its fifth year March 2, pays homage to its town’s storied beginnings, with a Wild West feel that combines with

a low-key, shabby-chic Hollywood crowd to create a fecund artistic haven for filmmakers, writers and assorted cineastes.

“It’s like a little Hollywood ski Shangri-la,” says Svff executive director Teddy Grennan of the fest, which attracts a mix of small-town locals and second-home owners from Los Angeles who’ve come to escape the daily grind. “I think that’s one of »

- Malina Saval

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The Hawaiians

29 February 2016 5:01 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The sequel to the epic Julie Andrews road show picture wasn't a hit, but it tells a good story of its own. Charlton Heston is okay but the central character is a Chinese immigrant played by Tina Chen. Against all odds, the peasant matriarch survives plagues and leprosy to found a family dynasty for the new Hawaii. The Hawaiians Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1970 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 134 min. / Ship Date February 9, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring Charlton Heston, Tina Chen, Geraldine Chaplin, Mako, John Phillip Law, Alec McCowen, Miko Mayama, Virginia Ann Lee, Chris Robinson, Naomi Stevens, Keye Luke, Khigh Dhiegh, Mary Munday, Harry Townes, Lyle Bettger, James Hong, James Gregory, Harry Holcombe, Victor Sen Yung Cinematography Lucien Ballard, Philip Lathrop Film Editor Byron Brandt, Ralph Winters Original Music Henry Mancini Written by James R. Webb from the novel by James A. Michener Produced by Walter Mirisch Directed by »

- Glenn Erickson

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Alexander Payne to Direct Norwegian Travel Tale ‘My Saga’

9 February 2016 5:44 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bona Fide ProductionsAlbert Berger and Ron Yerxa are reteaming with “Nebraska” director Alexander Payne on Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard’s travel story “My Saga.”

Berger and Yerxa have acquired movie rights to Knausgaard’s New York Times Magazine articles, published last year, tracing the Vikings’ possible journeys from Newfoundland to Minnesota. Scandinavian producers Madeleine Ekman and Lizette Jonic at Zentropa Sweden are also producing.

Berger, Yerxa and Payne also collaborated on the 1998 comedy “Election,” in which Reese Witherspoon broke out as a comedy star.

Berger told Variety that he discovered Knausgaard’s article while on a flight to Scandinavia for a conference of independent producers and was able to start making the rights and producing deals during the trip. He also said that Payne’s ability to deliver road-trip comedies — “Nebraska,” “Sideways” and “About Schmidt” — convinced him that the director would be a good match.

“I think Alexander »

- Dave McNary

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