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Warren Beatty has been selected for a tribute by the Screenwriters Colony, a Massachusetts-based non-profit residency and mentorship program that supports emerging writers.
Beatty will be honored at the group’s fifth Annual Summer Soiree on July 22 at Almanack Arts Colony in Nantucket, Mass. Sarah Treem, creator of the Showtime series “The Affair” and an alumna of Screenwriters Colony, will speak about her professional experiences and the impact the Colony has played in her life.
The tribute portion of the event will include a conversation with Beatty. Annette Bening, Beatty’s wife of 25 years, will join him at the event to celebrate.
Beatty has been nominated for 14 Academy Awards – four for Best Actor, four for Best Picture, two for Best Director, three for Original Screenplay, and one for Adapted Screenplay. He won Best Director for “Reds” and is the only person to have been twice-nominated for acting in, directing, writing, and producing the same film, »
- Dave McNary
What is Selena Gomez's "Fetish"?
No idea, because the 24-year-old isn't saying much about her new song.
Related: The Weeknd Is Officially an Instagram Boyfriend After Sharing This Pic of Selena Gomez
Gomez took to Instagram on Thursday to tease the upcoming track, but left a release date up in the air. The three images the singer posted share the same vintage feel as her latest video, "Bad Liar," as she sits in the middle of a street with a bag of groceries.
This isn't the first time Gomez has teased "Fetish." The former Disney star debuted a snippet of the music video at the end of the video for "Bad Liar." While not much was revealed, fans have shared their own theories, including that Gucci Mane will be featured on the track.
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- Joshua Rivera
Based on a true story, the film will detail the rise and fall of Gary Hart, the Us senator who was the Democratic frontrunner for his party’s nomination for president in 1988.
His campaign was hit by revelations of an affair with Donna Rice, causing Hart to then drop out of the race. Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis would then go on to win the Democratic nomination but only to lose out to now former President George H.W. Bush.
- Samuel Brace
Simon Brew Jun 28, 2017
American politics. That seems like a nice, calm thing to make a movie about, especially right now. Rarely, er, have things felt so settled.
Enter then Hugh Jackman, who’s set to take the lead in The Frontrunner, the story of Gary Hart’s run for President in the 1988 race. Hart was the leading candidate for the Democratic party presidential nominee in that race, and was set to go head to head with George H W Bush. But then scandals happen, and these were detailed in the book All The Truth Is Out, by Matt Bai.
Hart was the frontrunner during the early stages of the 1988 race for the Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was rocked by revelations of an extramarital affair with Donna Rice. The Colorado senator then dropped out of the race.
Matt Bai, Jay Carson, and Reitman wrote the screenplay, based on Bai’s book “All the Truth Is Out,” which chronicles Hart’s rise and dramatic fall. Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who had been trailing Hart, won the Democratic nomination and then lost to Republican George H.W. Bush.
Jackman starred in Fox’s “Logan,” which grossed $618 million worldwide for Fox. He »
- Dave McNary
Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.
The film, which began principal photography on June 19, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Manchester by the Sea”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.
Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team includes director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose past credits include “War Dogs” and “Godzilla,” for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”); editor Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films); costume designer Louise Migenbach (the “X-Men” and “Hangover” films); and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Godzilla,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and part of the Oscar-winning team behind “Life of Pi ”).
Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.
Meanwhile, Tag! You’re It!
Production begins this week on location in Atlanta for the new comedy “Tag,” directed by Jeff Tomsic (Comedy Central’s “Broad City”) for New Line Cinema. The film’s starring ensemble cast is led by Ed Helms (The “Hangover” movies, “We’re the Millers”), Jake Johnson (TV’s “New Girl”), and Hannibal Buress (“Neighbors”), with Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver,” TV’s “Mad Men”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker, “The Town”).
For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready. Based on a true story, “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.
Tomsic directs from a screenplay written by Mark Steilen (TV’s “Mozart in the Jungle”) and Rob McKittrick (“Waiting”), based on the Wall Street Journal article entitled “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It.” The film is produced by Todd Garner, Mark Steilen and Sean Robins, with Hans Ritter serving as executive producer. The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Larry Blanford, editor Josh Crockett, production designer David Sandefur, and costume designer Denise Wingate.
“Tag” is set for a June 29, 2018, release.
- Michelle Hannett
Warner Bros. Pictures have announced that shooting has started on the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla. The film will be directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus), and will be released in cinemas in 2019.
The official title of the film is reportedly Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, and stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring), ad Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), both reprising their Godzilla roles, Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, Manchester by the Sea), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, »
- Paul Heath
Back in 2014, Legendary released the American reboot of Godzilla. Of course, this is a character that’s been in the pop culture zeitgeist for decades, starting with the 1954 film, Godzilla, and after the botched attempt in the late ‘90s, fans hoped that this would be the one Hollywood interpretation to succeed. And succeed it did. The film was certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and it managed to rake in over $500 million at the worldwide box office, securing not only a sequel, but its place in a larger MonsterVerse.
We’ve known for some time that the sequel would be called Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and with the film hitting principal photography today, we now know why. According to a press release from Warner Bros., the film will have Godzilla going up against three other legendary monsters.
Here’s what we have as the most basic synopsis for the flick:
“The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.”
The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring films), and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), both reprising their Godzilla roles; Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, Manchester by the Sea); Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (Get Out); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley); Charles Dance (HBO’s Game of Thrones); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton); Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).
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- Joseph Medina
Today filming has started on the next Godzilla movie (which is apparently back to being untitled), and to commemorate the beginning of production, Warner Bros. has released the full, impressive, cast list along with confirmation on the plot this time around. Come inside to check it out!
As a huge monster movie fan, Gareth Edward's Godzilla (2014) really got my blood pumping, and hoping that a new wave of monster movies would be on the way. Thankfully, that's exactly what's happening, with this year's Kong: Skull Island setting the groundwork for a more interconnected "monster-verse."
The sequel to Godzilla was announced quite some time ago (during Sdcc) in which Edwards, who was still signed on to direct at the time, revealed iconic monsters Rodan, Mothra, and King Gihdorah would appear. When Edwards stepped away from the project, coupled with the amount of time passing, many wondered if the plot would stick. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Over the past several months, the cast has gradually been revealed for the sequel to 2014's Godzilla, and today the next film in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse began filming, and official plot details confirm that Godzilla will be taking on Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah this time around.
Press Release: Burbank, CA, June 19, 2017 – Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.
The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street, »
- Derek Anderson
Following the global success of 2014's Godzilla and this year's Kong: Skull Island, comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. It was believed that Godzilla 2 was being called Godzilla: King of Monsters, which riffs on a classic title in the Japanese Godzilla catalogue. But the official PR from https://www.warnerbros.com|Warner Bros. doesn't reveal the official title yet. And it's possible that he final title will incorporate the franchise universe title of 'Monsterverse'.
The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring films), and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), both reprising their Godzilla roles; Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, »
Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actress Vera Farmiga will follow “Bates Motel” by checking in to another TV series, having signed on to star in an episode of Channel 4 anthology series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.” Farmiga will star alongside actor Mel Rodriguez (“The Last Man on Earth”) in an episode entitled “Kill All Others,” from Emmy-nominated U.S. writer-director Dee Rees.
Farmiga plays a politician who makes a shocking statement encouraging violence. Rodriguez plays the one man who dares to question the situation and finds himself an instant target. “Straight Outta Compton” star Jason Mitchell, Glenn Morshower and Sarah Brown co-star in the episode.
Farmiga received an Academy Award nomination for her supporting role in Jason Reitman’s 2009 film “Up in the Air.” She was nominated for an Emmy in 2013 for her leading role as Norma Bates in A+E Networks’ “Bates Motel.” Rees was nominated for two Emmys for co-writing and directing single-drama TV biopic »
- Robert Mitchell
When a sinister visitor arrives in her town, sixteen-year-old Laura Chant discovers awesome new powers within herself that she must harness in order to rescue her younger brother from the man’s evil plans.
The supernatural thriller stars Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner, Harry Potter series), Melanie Lynskey (I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore, Up in the Air, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Lucy Lawless (Parks and Recreation, Battlestar Galactica, Xena: Warrior Princess), Nicholas Galitzine (Handsome Devil, High Strung), Erana James.
In 2014, Spall won the Best Actor award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival for portraying J. M. W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s biographical film Mr. Turner. He also collaborated with Leigh on Topsy-turvy and the brilliant Secrets & Lies. »
- Michelle Hannett
A few years ago, filmmaker Jason Reitman could do no wrong. The man who made an impressive debut with Thank You For Smoking had followed it up with the Academy Award winning Juno and then the phenomenal Up in the Air, which for a brief moment was the Oscar frontrunner in Best Picture. Since then, Reitman’s movies have gotten a more mixed reception, between Young Adult, Labor Day, and the deeply divisive Men, Women, and Children. His films remain something to look forward to though, and his next one has found a home. Focus Features has announced that they’ve picked it up and will be putting it out next April. We’re less than a year out now from a new Reitman work. Fans should rejoice about that. His new movie is Tully, another collaboration with screenwriter Diablo Cody. Not a whole lot is known about it right now, »
- Joey Magidson
News broke a year ago that Theron, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody were teaming on the then-untitled project. The trio last worked together on 2011’s “Young Adult.” Bron Studios came on to finance last May.
Focus disclosed Thursday that it had also bought international rights including U.K., Italy, Spain, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania.
“Tully” also stars Mackenzie Davis (“The Martian”), Mark Duplass (“The League”) and Ron Livingston. Theron plays a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny — played by Davis — by her brother, played by Duplass. The two women eventually form a unique bond.
- Dave McNary
Much like I said last week, of the many storylines that begin during awards season, few are usually as compelling as the ones centered around who’s most due for an Academy Award. I think that it’s usually pretty satisfying to see a former bridesmaid finally become a bride, as it were. As such, below I’ve made up a list of ten filmmakers who’ve previously been nominated for Oscars but have yet to win one who are in contention this year, after doing the same for actors and actresses previously. I’ve more or less ranked them by how due they are, and just to be fair, I’ve excluded anyone who has already won a prize elsewhere, or any of the myriad contenders who are seeking their first ever nomination by the Academy. Take a look at the writers/directors below and I hope you all enjoy! »
- Joey Magidson
Writer-actress Kathleen Robertson has scored a promising gig. The former “Boss” star has signed on to adapt “The Possibilities,” Kaui Hart Hemmings’ follow up novel to “The Descendants,” for Fox Searchlight. Deadline reports that Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air,” “Juno”) is planning to direct the project, which centers on a grieving mother who loses her son in an avalanche and forms a friendship with a mysterious young girl.
Alexander Payne’s 2011 adaptation of “The Descendants” won him and his co-writers on the project an Academy Award. The family drama received four other Oscar nods including Best Picture, and grossed over $175 million at the box office.
Robertson, whose acting credits include “Murder in the First,” “Bates Motel,” and the original “90210,” completed the Writers Guild’s Showrunners Training Program. The source writes that she “recently adapted the 1994 satire ‘Swimming With Sharks’ for E! with Kevin Spacey executive producing and has her own dramedy ‘Your Time Is Up’ set up at Lifetime with Christina Applegate set to star.” Both projects hail from Lionsgate TV.
Kathleen Robertson to Adapt “The Possibilities” for Fox Searchlight was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
This summer, the fine folks over at Chiller Films will release Aaron B. Koontz's feature directorial debut, Camera Obscura, in theaters on June 9th and on VOD and Digital on June 13th. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have release details for The Bigfoot Project, Justice Served, and Black Rose, as well as information on Splathouse Productions' Blue Caveman Indiegogo campaign.
Camera Obscura Release Details: Press Release: "New York, NY – April 11, 2017 – Chiller Films is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated horror thriller Camera Obscura, in theaters on June 9 and on VOD and Digital HD on June 13. The film is written by Aaron B. Koontz and Cameron Burns and marks the theatrical directing debut of Koontz. The cast includes Christopher Denham (“Billions,” “Argo”), Nadja Bobyleva (“Bridge of Spies”), Catherine Curtin (“Stranger Things,” “Orange is the New Black”), Chase Williamson (Siren, “Beyond the Gates”) and Noah Segan (“The Mind’s Eye, »
- Tamika Jones
Author: Dave Roper
Anna Kendrick has packed plenty into her 10-year Hollywood career, going from supporting actress to leading lady in an impressively short time. She arguably hit her (to date) high point rather too soon – her excellent supporting work in the matchless Up in the Air garnering her richly deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination – but it would be a huge simplification and over-statement to claim it has been downhill ever since.
The imperious Up In The Air was by no means Kendrick’s first role but it is the very definition of a break-out role, marking her out as a talent to watch. She demonstrated versatility, strength, vulnerability, intelligence, nuance and comedy chops, holding her own opposite Clooney despite her relatively tender years. Either side of Up In The Air, Kendrick popped up throughout the Twilight saga, was relatively unremarkable in films like 50/50 and What To Expect When »
- Dave Roper
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