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[Press Release] Burbank, Calif. -- Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Arms & the Dudes,” starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Moneyball”) and Miles Teller (“Whiplash”). “The Hangover” trilogy director and Oscar nominee Todd Phillips (“Borat” screenplay) is directing the film. Based on a true story, “Arms & the Dudes” follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business »
- Pietro Filipponi
Based on a true story, Arms & The Dudes follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.
Phillips directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jason Smilovic »
- Michelle McCue
Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures' Arms & the Dudes, starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street, Moneyball) and Miles Teller (Whiplash). The Hangover trilogy director and Oscar nominee Todd Phillips (Borat screenplay) is directing the film. The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
Based on a true story, Arms & the Dudes follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a $300 million deal to arm the Afghan Military - a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U. »
Brad Pitt’s Plan B is building a reputation for shepherding bold, creative projects into life. Selma, 12 Years A Slave, Killing Me Softly and Moneyball have all been lovingly nursed through production with varying degrees of success, and it looks likely that Stephen King’s The Jaunt will join World War Z in representing the more fantastical end of the production house’s slate. Mama duo Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti are now attached to the project.A short story originally published by King in Twilight Zone Magazine, The Jaunt found a home and a fanbase in 1985 short story anthology, Skeleton Crew (also the home of The Mist). The premise, set in the 24th century, sees a dad explaining the basis of ‘jaunting’, a teleportation device with which he’ll transport his family to Mars. So far, so About Time meets Total Recall. Of course, things can – and do – go horribly wrong in the process. »
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Movies On Demand. Catch up on this year’s Awards Season contenders and past winners On Demand. Today's selection is "Foxcatcher." This interview originally ran in November.] Read More: Why Steve Carell Didn't Change His Approach For 'Foxcatcher,' the Darkest Project Of His Career Three years after directing Brad Pitt to an Oscar nomination in the 2011 sports drama "Moneyball," Bennett Miller (Oscar-nominated for "Capote") is finally back in theaters with his fourth feature "Foxcatcher," which opened in select theaters last Friday after screening at every major festival this year, including Cannes, Toronto and New York. The haunting drama, like everything Miller's put out as a director, has been a hit with most critics. And it's sure to follow in the footsteps of "Moneyball" and "Capote" to become a major awards player this season. In development for over eight »
- Nigel M Smith
Proving that his ubiquitous Blumhouse shingle isn't all about horror, Jason Blum* is now set to produce A Wilderness Of Error, based on a work of investigative journalism by Errol Morris. He'll be joined on the project by Rachael Horovitz, whose non-fiction-book-to-movie experience on Moneyball sounds pleasingly relevant.Morris's book centres on the case of Jeffrey MacDonald, convicted in the States in 1979 of murdering his two daughters and his wife, who at the time was pregnant with their third child. A former Us Special Forces medic, MacDonald was given three life sentences for the killings, to be served consecutively. He's still in jail in Maryland, with his next parole hearing not due until 2020.But MacDonald always maintained his innocence, claiming that the murders, which happened in 1970, were committed by Manson-style cult members. A credible alternative suspect, hippy drug addict Helena Stoeckley even confessed at one point, but later withdrew that confession. »
Amongst the many talents of rightfully feted documentarian Errol Morris are the journalistic skills that honed the investigative crime report, A Wilderness of Error. The book is a full account of the trial of Jeffrey MacDonald, a sometime Green Beret who was charged, tried and convicted of murdering his wife and two daughters.
According to Morris’ book, there were many mistake made in the investigation of these crimes, and the further along the system the trial went, the more they were compounded. It works as an indictment of the Us justice system, and particularly how momentum can drive a case away from fact and into accepted wisdom.
Morris’ original plan was apparently to make a documentary film about the case, but this did not happen. Now cinema comes back into the picture, with Blumhouse looking to make a fictional account of the story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moneyball’s Rachael Horovitz will co-produce. »
- Brendon Connelly
The awards world was hit with a bombshell on Tuesday afternoon after news broke that a "significant faction" of the Academy wants the Best Picture field returned to just five nominees. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the old guard feels the current system has made the honor less prestigious and are using the low ratings of last month's telecast as proof that the expanded field doesn't work. The issue may be addressed as soon as the next Board of Governors meeting on March 24. Let me take a breath and prepare my reaction while you ponder this Hail Mary of a justification for a moment. (O.K., I'm ready.) Y'all crazy. First, let's discuss the "prestige" argument, shall we? In 2009 the Best Picture field was increased to 10 nominees because of the horror (i.e. embarrassment) that the out-of-touch membership had snubbed popular and critically acclaimed blockbusters such as "Wall-e" and "The Dark Knight. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Sony chief executive Michael Lynton’s announcement that Tom Rothman would succeed Amy Pascal at the top of Sony Pictures Entertainment caught many by surprise throughout Hollywood and at the Culver City studio, where the betting money had been on the ascension of Doug Belgrad.
Belgrad had been seen as a front-runner for the job, not only because he was Pascal’s top deputy but because the onetime securities analyst offered a combination of financial acumen and a steady management style that won him many allies, both on the lot and among the studio’s producing partners.
Belgrad has been with Sony for more than 25 years. Besides his management skills, he offered an additional plus, given recent tumult inside Sony: He rose to the studio’s top ranks without exhibiting the sort of explosive personality that ultimately doomed his predecessor and onetime boss, Amy Pascal, and that has sometimes been attributed to Rothman. »
- James Rainey
Oscar week continued on Saturday with The Academy hosting the artists nominated for the Makeup and Hairstyling award in their ninth annual event spotlighting this category.
The makeup artists and hairstylists nominated for Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Guardians Of The Galaxy joined makeup artist and Academy governor Leonard Engelman as they discussed their work on the three films, and presented photographs and displays including appliances, molds and wigs.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The event also included a screening of clip reels that the Academy branch members viewed before voting on the three nominated films.
In its 34th year as an Oscar category, this year’s nominated films represented themes from the period, contemporary and futuristic genres.
Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy finds space adventurer Peter »
- Michelle McCue
A pensive and unsettling film that defies genre description and keeps you wondering just what the heck sort of film you’re watching. I’m “biast” (pro): have really liked Bennett Miller’s other films
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If you don’t already know the real-life story of millionaire John du Pont and Olympic wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz, try to avoid learning about it before you see Foxcatcher. Because Bennett Miller has crafted a pensive and unsettling film that defies genre description and keeps you wondering — in a way that is intellectually thrilling yet also dolefully introspective in a way American movies hardly ever are — just what the heck sort of film you’re watching. Foxcatcher is a challenge to a movie ecosystem that, even on the arthouse end of the spectrum, caters to a lack »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Oscars are only days away, and host Neil Patrick Harris is warming up his pipes, dry-cleaning his tux, and getting ready.
But what about you? Are you ready for the 87th Academy Awards? Have you watched all the Best Director nominees: Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, and Boyhood? If you haven’t, we’ve got the lowdown on everything “Oscar” with this handy breakdown of all the nominees – with bonus interviews!
Colleagues told Alejandro González Iñárritu he was insane to shoot a film composed of super-long takes meant to simulate one continuous shot. Thank goodness the Mexican director didn’t listen and gifted us with his technically audacious, gleefully absurd study of a movie actor (Michael Keaton) desperate to reinvent himself on stage.
- Cineplex Magazine
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
The Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.
Previously Best Known For:
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle
Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook
Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.”
Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year” (2014), “Interstellar” (2014), “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (2013) and “Jack Reacher” (2012). He will next be »
- Michelle McCue
Jennifer Aniston, Sienna Miller, David Oyelowo, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock and John Travolta will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Aniston has starred in such films as “Cake” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “Bruce Almighty” (2003). She also starred in all ten seasons of “Friends,” for which she won the 2002 Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Miller co-stars in “American Sniper” and “Foxcatcher,” both of which have garnered multiple Oscar® nominations this year. She previously appeared in such features as “Factory Girl” (2006) and “Layer Cake” (2005). Her upcoming films include “High-Rise,” “Adam Jones” and “Lost City of Z.” Oyelowo portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in this year’s Best Picture nominee “Selma.” His other recent feature credits include “A Most Violent Year »
- Josh Abraham
There’s no greater drama produced in Hollywood than the rise and fall of top executives at the handful of conglomerates that rule the entertainment business.
Last week, industryites took in a double feature. Less than 30 minutes after word spread on the morning of Feb. 5 that Amy Pascal was out after 19 years atop Sony Pictures Entertainment, Disney confirmed the long-expected promotion of Tom Staggs to chief operating officer, making him the heir apparent to Bob Iger as CEO of the world’s largest media company.
High-level executive shakeups are a constant in the industry. While the developments at Sony and Disney are polar opposite in nature — with one executive descending, the other ascending — they are sure to trigger a domino effect that alters the corporate order.
Management shuffles always bring a large dose of disruption, uncertainty and anxiety, as well as opportunity, as the executive chessboard gets realigned and some players rise while others fall. »
- Brent Lang and Cynthia Littleton
Brian Williams is sorry. The NBC anchor said so on his nightly newscast, on Facebook and in the pages of Stars and Stripes, the magazine that first unearthed his repeated lies about flying in a helicopter struck by an RPG over a decade ago in Iraq.
And yet it’s not enough.
It’s not that being apologetic isn’t adequate repentance for Williams’ sin. What isn’t enough is the nature of the apology he is offering. Like so many wayward public figures who aren’t getting the right damage-control advice, Williams seems to believe apologizing early and often will take care of the problem without giving sufficient attention to how they say they are sorry.
Williams and NBC Universal–which may be sweating even more than the anchor is about his future as the face of its news division–probably think they did their best just by addressing »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Sony’s candidate to replace Amy Pascal as co-chair of Sony Pictures is almost sure to come from inside the company, insiders say, since there are already several executives on the Culver City lot with experience running studios.
Here are the top insiders in line for the position — and who isn’t likely to get the job.
Doug Belgrad: The Columbia Pictures president likely has the inside edge. He’s popular on Sony’s lot, has a firm grasp of finances as well as a talent for keeping budgets in check — not one of Pascal’s strengths. He’s been at Sony since 1989 and developed the “Men in Black” franchise and Adam Sandler’s pictures; he also teamed with MGM on the James Bond series, including “Skyfall.”
- Brent Lang
The news that Amy Pascal will step down as chairwoman of Sony Pictures is not shocking. In fact, it was expected.* This is how Hollywood works. You spend years running a studio or acting as president of production and then something goes wrong and you segue to a “producing” deal. That’s the way it’s been for almost 30 years and that’s the way it will be for the foreseeable future. Surviving any controversy, even one outside of your own control, is simply impossible. *Although forgive our surprise this wasn’t left to a late Friday afternoon announcement to quell reaction from the cable news talking heads. Pascal’s fate was sealed when numerous E-mail conversations she was a part of were leaked after a massive security breach credited to North Korean hackers took place on Nov. 24. Her E-mail exchange with producer Scott Rudin about the President of the »
- Gregory Ellwood
Pascal will “transition” to the new role in May 2015, according to a statement from the Us studio.
Her new company will focus on film, television and theatre.
As part of a four-year agreement, Sony Pictures will finance the venture and retain all distribution rights worldwide to films financed. Her company will be based on the Sony Pictures lot.
Pascal was caught up in a scandal last November when hackers released Sony executives’ e-mails, including racial remarks about President Barack Obama’s taste in films in messages between Pascal and producer Scott Rudin. Both have since issued public apologies.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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