10 items from 2015
At least the new season of True Detective is working for someone. Though it’s been raked over the coals by critics of late, the HBO crime drama is giving Vince Vaughn a chance to flex his dramatic muscles, and Mel Gibson has taken notice, enlisting the actor to star in his fact-based WWII story Hacksaw Ridge.
Garfield, fresh out of the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, will play Doss in the movie, which will chart the journey of the 307th Infantry, 77th Army Division, 1st Battalion, Company B as they train for war. The story first picks up in South Carolina as they learn basic survival skills before they’re deployed to Japan to fight in what will become the Battle of Okinawa. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The next project for Jackie Chan is now in the works, with a new director officially attached. Deadline is reporting that Stx Entertainment is finalizing a deal with director Martin Campbell, who will be at the helm of an adaptation starring Jackie Chan. The film will be titled The Foreigner, adapted from Stephen Leather's novel The Chinaman, first published in 2008. Campbell last made Green Lantern but has been stuck in "movie prison" ever since, and is also responsible for Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness and Vertical Limit. Word is that they're aiming to start production this fall, with deals being finalized with everyone now. Here's the plot description from the book's listing on Amazon: The Chinaman understood death. Jungle-skilled, silent and lethal, he had killed for the Viet Cong and then for the Americans. He had watched helpless when his two eldest daughters had been raped and killed by Thai pirates. »
- Alex Billington
In 2008, if someone mentioned the name of actor Liam Neeson, chances are you immediately thought of him in one of two ways. It is likely that you automatically imagined the actor in his portrayals as historical figures – Oskar Schindler, Alfred Kinsey, Michael Collins – or of the gravitas he lent to franchises such as Star Wars and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. However, that all changed with the release of Taken six winters ago. With his gruff heroics and thick voice, he became one of Hollywood’s most bankable action heroes. Not bad for a man who was 56 years old at the time.
Since Taken, Neeson’s star power has soared. As the biggest action stars of the previous generation (the Fords, Stallones and Schwarzeneggers) struggle to excite and entice audiences for a bloody time at the cinema, Neeson rose into one of the most in-charge (and in demand) action stars of the current era. »
- Jordan Adler
After scripting thrillers like The Departed, Body of Lies and Edge of Darkness, in addition to making his directorial debut with London Boulevard, screenwriter William Monahan is back behind the camera for his sophomore effort, a new thriller called Mojave. The film was just announced as being part of the line-up at the Tribeca Film Festival next month, and with that news comes the first photos of the film with future Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac and Tron Legacy lead Garrett Hedlund. There's nothing too revealing, but Hedlund is sporting a new look, and the photos give off a pretty gritty, almost western vibe. Look now! Here's the first photos from William Monohan's Mojave (via The Playlist): Mojave is written and directed by William Monahan, director of London Boulevard and Oscar-winning screenwriter of Martin Scorsese's The Departed, Edge of Darkness and Body of Lies. Armed with little more »
- Ethan Anderton
I could never claim that I was driven to switch from television screenwriting to writing novels by the limitations of the TV storytelling palette. After all, we live in the era of the trinity of Davids – Chase, Simon and Milch – and their titanic achievements (The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood). That said, although this level of excellence is attainable, few apart from the Us cable showrunners are allowed to reach for it. This wasn’t always the case, but I sadly doubt a contemporary Edge of Darkness would feature an extended dialogue-free scene where a father slowly explores the contents of his murdered daughter’s room, finds a Geiger counter and a gun, »
- Will Smith
Papon, who comes from Martin Campbell Productions, will work on the continued development for ITV Studios America’s scripted programming slate. She will report to Julie Meldal-Johnsen, senior executive vice president, scripted and business development.
“We have had a terrific start to ITV Studio America’s scripted division with several highly anticipated new series launching later this year. With Lucienne’s fantastic creative instincts and wealth of both TV and feature experience, we are looking forward to expanding our already exciting slate,” said Meldal-Johnsen.
Papon launched the television division based at ABC Studios, during her tenure at Martin Campbell Productions, and co-exec produced ABC’s series “Killer Women.” Prior, she was vice president of production and development for film and television at the company with film credits including associate producer on “Edge of Darkness” and co-producer on “Green Lantern. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
There's a new woman in Jason Segel's life.
The "Sex Tape" star, 35, is dating photographer Alexis Mixter, according to Us Weekly.
The new couple has been spending time together in Ojai, Calif., according to a source for the mag. They were also photographed together at Los Angeles International Airport last month.
Photos: Big Screen Funnyman Jason Segel
Alexis is the sister of "The Real L Word's" Whitney Mixter.
Photos: 'Sex Tape' Premiere
Prior to Bojana, the actor was linked to Michelle ...
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He's taken! Jason Segel is dating photographer Alexis Mixter, sources confirm exclusively to Us Weekly. The pair recently were spotted holding hands near West Hollywood's Bristol Farms on Friday, Jan. 23. The couple have been photographed on several occasions together, including last month at Lax Airport. A second source adds that Segel and Mixter often spend time in Ojai. Mixter is the sister of The Real L Word star, Whitney Mixter. Segel was last linked to gorgeous Australian actress Bojana Novakovic. He dated the Edge of Darkness star [...] »
Running Time: 122 minutes
Out among the plethora of ‘war on terror’ movies that are in favour, not all in a positive way, A Most Wanted Man is an adaptation of the mighty John le Carré that’s been turned into a screenplay by Andrew Bovell, who’s best known for the impressive Edge Of Darkness and also known for a number of well-received plays.
The film follows Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a Chechen Muslim who escapes illegally to Hamburg with some plans of his own but when he arrives, unknowingly starts to gets caught up in the international war on terror. This spy thriller is finely paced from director Anton Corbijn and twists the usual tale of immigrants causing trouble by focusing around Issa, a lost soul who’s trying to put right previous wrongs. »
- Dan Bullock
Broadchurch 2: a guide to who’s who
The only problem with making a TV drama that gains 8 million viewers, four Bafta awards and an American remake is the one that the second series of Broadchurch faced when it began at 9pm last night: you have to somehow follow it. Or at least, in modern TV, you do.
Many small-screen classics of the past – Edge of Darkness, The Singing Detective – disappeared after one series but, influenced by the Hollywood model of multiple remakes and sequels, TV has become comeback-hungry and the huge success of Broadchurch made a Broadchurch 2 inevitable, although the lengthy production process of an eight-part drama, combined with the busy diaries of stars David Tennant and Olivia Colman, has led to a frustrating wait of almost two years. »
- Mark Lawson
10 items from 2015
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