9 items from 2014
Universal Pictures has secured the international distribution rights to Eponine Films’ Australian feature Love Is Now. The Aussie pic stars Eamon Farren (Red Dog), Claire Van Der Boom (The Square, Hawaii Five-0) and Anna Torv (The Secret Life Of Us, Fringe) and will be released Down Under on December 4 via Oz distrib Hoyts. The story chronicles a summer of love for experienced photographer Audrey (Van Der Boom) and aspiring snapper Dean (Farren). Propelled by new love and Audrey’s free spirit, the couple embarks on a formative country adventure following the Nsw Harvest Trail, where they discover significantly more than they ever expected along the way. The film is written and directed by first time feature director Jim Lounsbury.
The BBC reports that season 8 of Doctor Who, which recently wrapped, had an average consolidated audience of 7.4M viewers every week in the UK. That marks an increase of 39% above overnight figures. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.
“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”
Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »
- Scott Foundas
A full year after debuting at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the Australian thriller Felony is poised to hit theaters in the United States this fall. Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) wrote the film and stars in the story of a detective trying to hide a drunk driving accident after celebrating a major drug bust earlier in the day. One of his colleagues (Tom Wilkinson) tries to cover up the truth while another (Jai Coutney) is intent on finding out what really happened. This doesn't look half-bad, and Jai Courtney actually seems like a decent actor when he's using his native Australian accent. Watch the trailer! Here's the Us trailer for Matthew Saville's Felony from YouTube: Watch the much different trailer for the release of Felony in Australia right here. Felony is directed by Australian filmmaker Matthew Saville, from a screenplay written by actor/producer Joel Edgerton, »
- Ethan Anderton
Octavia Spencer (The Help) has joined the cast of Insurgent, the sequel to Divergent and second of four planned films based on the Veronica Roth novels. Spencer will play Johanna, the leader of the Amity faction as she joins Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet, all of which are returning for the film, which will be directed by Robert Schwentke and released March 20, 2015. Deadline Nash Edgerton, brother of Joel Edgerton, and director of numerous great shorts and the 2008 film The Square, is set to direct American Express for Annapurna with Charlize Theron set to star. Plot details have not been released. Alec Baldwin has joined Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, which is currently filming. Baldwin will play the reclusive billionaire's lawyer, Bob Maheu. The film centers on the love story between Hughes' assistant (Alden Ehrenreich) and an actress played by Lily Collins. Beatty plays Hughes with Martin Sheen, »
- Brad Brevet
Stuntman and sometimes actor Nash Edgerton (yep, brother of Joel Edgerton and part of the Blue Tongue Films collective) has earned the most acclaim for his directorial efforts, fare such as 2008's "The Square" or the recent short "Bear." And now he's lining up a project that could see him getting his biggest profile yet. Charlize Theron has signed up to produce and star in the director's "American Express." Even more, Megan Ellison's Annapurna International is handling the international sales for the picture at Cannes, where financing is being sought. Oh, what's it about? Your guess is as good as ours as plot details are under wraps, so we'll just have to wait and see. Moving from indie fare to blockbuster material, Octavia Spencer has joined the cast of "Insurgent." Yep, "Divergent" has created a new bonafide Ya series, with Shailene Woodley returning as Tris to a dystopian Chicago, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Untitled Howard Hughes Project
Alec Baldwin is set to join Warren Beatty's untitled Howard Hughes project, portraying his lawyer Bob Mayhew. Martin Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins which deals with a love story between Hughes' young assistant (Ehrenreich) and a woman he is seeing (Collins). [Source: Deadline]
Iraq war veteran Chris Roessner penned the script is based on real events experienced by a platoon (led by Kebbell's character) sent to repair an aqueduct in the dangerous and remote village of Baqubah, »
- Garth Franklin
Oscar winner Charlize Theron is in talks to star in and produce the indie movie “American Express,” which will be directed by Nash Edgerton (“The Square”), TheWrap has learned. Theron will produce through her Denver & Delilah banner, which has been quite active of late, most recently optioning Susannah Cahalan's bestselling book Brain On Fire: My Month Of Madness” as a star vehicle for Dakota Fanning. See video: Charlize Theron's Death Is on Aidy Bryant's Mind in ‘SNL’ Promos Plot details are being kept under wraps, though the filmmakers will be at Cannes seeking financing. Theron, who »
- Jeff Sneider
Theater Mania interviews the great Charles Busch (Die Mommy, Die!) about his career and new play "The Tribute Artist" in which he does impressions of Marilyn, Bette Davis, and Katharine Hepburn among others. (I met Mr Busch at the anniversary Cabaret screening last year and he was so sweet)
Gothamist Alfonso Cuarón's Oscar campaign hits Lincoln Center soon for screenings and discussions of Children of Men and Gravity here in NYC. Ah c'mon Lincoln Center. Throw in Y Tu Mama Tambíen (still his best picture) and we'll totally be talking!
Pajiba on the whitewashing of Egyptian mythology on screen. Why not cast people of color. »
- NATHANIEL R
They aim to raise $55,000 via crowd funding site Indiegogo; the campaign launches next week. Davis says that money will match contributions from him, Graham and several private investors.
There is an altruistic angle: After the cast and skeleton crew have recouped their deferred fees, the profits will go to the Men of League Foundation, which was founded by »
- Don Groves
9 items from 2014
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