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Channing Tatum has signed on to both star in and produce an untitled true story action-thriller for Sony Pictures.
Tatum would play a family man in the 1970s who risks it all by going undercover to help take down the country's biggest mob boss.
Tatum will next shoot "Magic Mike Xxl" this Fall, no word on when this film will go into production.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Channing Tatum has signed on to star in and produce an untitled action-thriller for Sony Pictures.
The plot is based on the true story of a family man in the 1970s, who decides to risk it all to go undercover and take down the biggest mob boss in the country. Kristin Gore (Arctic Tale, My Own Love Song) is writing the screenplay, with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan producing with Channing Tatum's partner Reid Carolin. Michael De Luca and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing the project for Sony Pictures. Kristin Gore previously worked with Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, while writing material for The Academy Awards.
No production schedule was given at this time. Channing Tatum will next shoot Magic Mike Xxl this fall, and he will next be seen in 22 Jump Street, Jupiter Ascending and Foxcatcher later this year. He also lends his voice to the Guillermo del Toro »
It's been an up-and-down journey for "Grace of Monaco," the Nicole Kidman-starring biopic of Grace Kelly that was originally set to open last year. Negative buzz circled the European co-production following that delay, as word spread of intense friction between The Weinstein Company and French director Olivier Dahan over the edit of the film. "Grace" seemed to have been granted a reprieve when it was announced as this year's Cannes Film Festival opener -- not a guarantee of quality, of course, but a helpful publicity boost. Now, however, the film's fate once more appears uncertain, as Variety reports that Harvey Weinstein is considering relinquishing the Us distribution rights to the film ahead of its Cannes premiere -- with the company having omitted the title from recent press releases about their Cannes slate. Weinstein is said to still be unhappy with Dahan's edit of the film, which the mogul believes »
- Guy Lodge
Attendees at next month’s Cannes Film Festival will hear plenty of French being spoken — except, that is, by the characters onscreen. Of the French films recently announced as part of this year’s official selection, two (Olivier Dahan’s opening-nighter “Grace of Monaco” and Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria”) are predominately English-language features with largely American and British casts, while “The Search,” from “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius, reportedly features a mix of English, French, Chechnyan and Russian. Meanwhile, in the festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar, “Lady Chatterley” director Pascale Ferran’s “Bird People” is another hybrid English/French affair, with a cast that includes Josh Charles, Radha Mitchell and Clark Johnson.
On the one hand, this may seem fated in a year when reliable linguistic provocateur Jean-Luc Godard will be present in the Cannes competition with a film titled “Goodbye to Language.” On the other, this »
- Scott Foundas
I don.t know if you.re aware of this or not, but Renee Zellweger stopped acting. She churned out roles on the regular for almost two decades and then abruptly stopped. She hasn.t made a picture since 2010.s forgettable My Own Love Song, but that now seems poised to change thanks to her interest in a new project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zellweger is in advanced negotiations to join the indie drama The Whole Truth. The work will be directed by Courtney Hunt. The screenplay will be written by Nicholas Kazan, and apart from Zellweger, if she officially boards, it will star Daniel Craig. As of now, the plot isn.t being discussed publically, but it.s generally being described as a courtroom drama, with the James Bond actor allegedly playing the district attorney. During the mid-to-late 90s and early 2000s, Zellweger was among the biggest female »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Craig signed on to the film in late January, with the Chicago star joining discussions more recently.
The plot has been described as a "courtroom thriller", with Craig expected to play a district attorney in the drama.
The project would mark Zellweger's first film role since 2010's My Own Love Song. »
This would be Zellweger's first movie in four years. Perhaps "The Whole Truth," an indie directed by Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River"), can help revive her once-acclaimed career. In the early 2000s, the actress enjoyed many critical and commercial successes, from "Jerry Maguire" to "Chicago" to the "Bridget Jones Diary" movies. And she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Cold Mountain" in 2004.
Choosing the indie route could be a smart strategy for the 44-year-old. Hey, look what it did for her former "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" co-star, »
- Kelly Woo
Variety first reported in late January that Craig had signed on to the project in late January, a week ahead of the Berlin Film Festival.
Craig will begin shooting the 24th James Bond film in the fall with the release set for October and November of 2015.
THR.com first reported the news.
- Dave McNary
Paris — The downfall of U.S. specialty divisions in 2008 opened up a whole new range of opportunities for ambitious French producers and helmers to step up to the plate, gaining access to American talent, tapping into wider financing resources, with the hope of reaching worldwide audiences with smart, auteur-driven indie pics.
But five years or so later, while the American independent market has bounced back, driven by resourceful and deep-pocketed players like FilmNation, Exclusive, an amped-up Lionsgate, the Weinstein Co. and Voltage, a wave of disappointing French-helmed English-language feature debuts has left many French producers and filmmakers with a hangover.
Recent examples of cold showers inflicted in France include Guillaume Canet’s 1970s-set drama “Blood Ties,” with Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard and Mila Kunis (Wild Bunch, budget: $25 million, French B.O.: €1.5 million); Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s adventure tale “The Young and Prodigious Spivet” with Helena Bonham Carter (Gaumont, budget: $33 million, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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