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Every so often, the stars will align in one particular year for an actor who’ll at last see their movie star status go supernova. In 2011, it was Ryan Gosling’s turn – as Drive, The Ides Of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love. finally tipped him over into superstardom – as well as Michael Fassbender’s, with X-Men: First Class, Jane Eyre and Shame bringing the Irish actor to the attention of the moviegoing public at large.
In 2015, it looks as though the year will belong to Tom Hardy. Already an actor of considerable acclaim amongst critics and serious cinema fans, Hardy’s impressive-looking line-up of upcoming projects this year should see his fame hit peak levels, as all the talk of him being “the best actor of his generation” at last reaches the masses.
It’s been coming for a while – Hardy hasn’t really stopped working since he »
- Brogan Morris
One of the most exciting young filmmakers working today just added another potential project to his docket. While Cary Fukunaga broke out in a big way after helming all eight episodes of True Detective, he was already doing stellar work on the big screen with his first two features, Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre. After True Detective, he shot the child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation with Idris Elba, which is set to premiere on Netflix as the streaming service’s first entry into awards season fare. And now Fukunaga is teaming up with the fine folks at A24 to develop and direct an untitled drama from Brokeback Mountain screenwriters Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana. The film is based on the true story of Oregonian father and son Joe and Jadin Bell. Jadin, an openly gay 15-year-old, took his own life as a sophomore in high school after being »
- Adam Chitwood
Cary Fukunaga’s career has really taken off thanks to directing the entire first season of the critically acclaimed “True Detective,” but the writing was on the wall from the jump. His feature film debut with “Sin Nombre” won the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Direction, but all the awards aside, the talent was clearly in abundance. “Jane Eyre" with Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska demonstrated that great actors wanted to work with this filmmaker and his “True Detective” breakthrough really just seemed like an inevitability. Now the award-winning filmmaker has teamed up with A24 Films to develop an untitled drama based on the true story of Joe and Jadin Bell. Fukunaga will direct, and “Brokeback Mountain” screenwriters Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana will pen the script. A24 will produce along with Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls production company and several other companies including Red Crown Productions and VisionChaos Productions. »
- Edward Davis
Owen and Hayward established the company in September and are in “advance development on several scripted series”.
It also produced Oscar-nominated movie, Saving Mr Banks, and Jane Eyre.
As part of the deal, ITV Studios Global Entertainment will exclusively distribute all of Monumental’s television productions.
It is ITV’s latest production sector deal, following investments »
The drama is based on the real life story of Joe and Jadin Bell. Jadin was a fifteen-year-old openly gay Oregon sophomore who took his own life after being both bullied at high school and struggling for acceptance from the people closest to him.
In the wake of that suicide, his father Joe is plunged into a sea of remorse and regret. Attempting to work through his grief, Joe sets out on a walk across America, hoping to promote awareness about the consequences of prejudice to anyone he encounters. He was killed half way through his journey after he was hit by a semi-truck in Colorado. »
- Garth Franklin
London — ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the international distribution arm of U.K. TV network ITV, has acquired a minority stake in Monumental Television, the indie recently founded by producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward.
The agreement will see Itvs Ge exclusively distribute all television productions from Monumental, which is already in advanced development on several major scripted series.
Owen is the founder of production company Ruby Film and Television, which she set up in 1998. Along with producing feature films, including the Oscar-nominated “Elizabeth,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Jane Eyre,” Ruby was behind high-end television dramas “Case Histories,” “Dancing on the Edge” and “Temple Grandin,” which won an Emmy.
Hayward most recently produced the Oscar-nominated “Les Miserables.” She was formerly head of films at Working Title, where she had creative responsibility for the company’s feature film slate, including the “Bridget Jones’ Diary” franchise, “Atonement” and the multi-Oscar nominated “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. »
- Leo Barraclough
Sam Raimi and Gil Kenan discuss the Poltergeist remake in a new video from 20th Century Fox. Also included in our latest video round-up are two clips from the next episode of Salem, as well as the Penny Dreadful Season 2 mashup, "Everything You've Heard."
Poltergeist: "Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
In Theaters - May 22, 2015, in 3D"
- Derek Anderson
Since breaking onto the scene with his streetwise debut feature "Sin Nombre" in 2009, for which he won the Directing award at Sundance that year, American camera operator-turned-director Cary Fukunaga has been on a roll. "Sin Nombre" went on to receive nominations for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. Fukunaga’s follow-up "Jane Eyre" (2010) featured simmering performances from Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska. The lush adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award for costume design, and Fukunaga had established himself as a force with a versatile eye and diverse interests. In 2014, Fukunaga made the jump to television, radically overhauling the model by collaborating closely on HBO's "True Detective" with the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto; Fukunaga made news by directing all eight episodes of the acclaimed limited series. The filmmaker has another possible game »
- Kristin McCracken
Oscar-winning costume and production designer Catherine Martin (“The Great Gatsby”) calls herself “a relative newcomer” to Gotham, but has already found a truism: “One of the great revelations of New York City is, in an instant you can find just about anything you’re looking for here.”
For 2015 Tribeca Film Festival attendees, “anything” includes celebrities, filmmakers and innovators in the Tribeca Talks series. Among the filmmakers and performers speaking this year are Martin, George Lucas (interviewed by Stephen Colbert, no less), Christopher Nolan and Cary Fukunaga.
For Fukunaga (HBO’s “True Detective” and movie “Jane Eyre”), the festival represents a homecoming: “It’s in my back yard in my city. I want to take part in the cultural events taking place here and that’s Tribeca.”
See More: Tribeca Film Festival Mirrors Changing Faces of New York, Movie Business
Fukunaga will join producer-writer James Schamus for an April 23 talk. He »
- Thelma Adams
With his award-winning success directing all of True Detective's first season on the books, it’s perhaps not surprising that other TV series have been scrambling to secure Cary Fukunaga’s services. Though films have lured him back away for a while, he’s now attached to call the shots on Paramount Television’s The Alienist.Drive writer Hossein Amini has penned the pilot and intends to write more scripts for the series adapted from Caleb Carr’s novel. Set in late 19th century Gilded Age New York, the story deals with Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who uses the embryonic science of psychology to help the police and a newspaper reporter track down a serial killer. Familiar territory for Fukunaga, then, albeit melded with the period drama sensibility he’s brought to the likes of Jane Eyre.“The Alienist is a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller that is wonderfully »
After you helm the most talked about television program of 2014, there's a bit more freedom, creatively speaking, given when the choice of a new project comes along and how you'd like to approach that project. In the case of Cary Fukunaga, who directed the visually stunning first season of HBO's True Detective, the triumph of the series has allowed Fukunaga to secure distribution for Beasts of No Nation, his hugely controversial film focused on a child soldier in Africa and starring Idris Elba, through Netflix, and directorial duties on a new adaptation of Stephen King's It. On top of these two major projects, The Wrap reports today that Fukunaga is attached to another cherry television directing gig, this one being an adaptation of Caleb Carr's The Alienist for Paramount and Anonymous Content. The Wrap summarizes the story of The Alienist as such: Set in the tenements and mansions of Gilded Age New York City, »
- Chris Cabin
A blast from the past keeps a close eye on a newly moved couple in The Gift, the directorial debut of Joel Edgerton, who also stars in the film alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, as shown in the film's first trailer. We also have a look at a new promo for Salem Season 2 and two clips from Scream Factory's upcoming Blu-ray release of Deep in the Darkness.
The Gift: "Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged....chances are there is someone out there who won't ever forget it...or you.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, »
- Derek Anderson
Just yesterday (in an article for Bloodline) I was lamenting that all of these good shows seem to be piling up and I'm running out of time to watch them. There's just so much good TV out there that it's an embarrassment of riches. My newest case in point is this Salem Season 2 trailer, a clip that gives us a much better look at what's to come from the show than either the atmospheric teaser or recent trailer was able to provide. Lots of blood, witches and general creepiness ensue. And I haven't even see the first season yet. Check out the extended Salem Season 2 trailer below. The show also stars Janet Montgomery and Shane West (along with guest stars Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend) and will return to Wgn on Sunday, April 5th at 10 p.m. Et. Here's the official synopsis for Salem Season 2: From creators, writers and executive producers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos, »
- Evan Dickson
In anticipation of the second season of “Salem,” Wgn America brewed up an extended trailer ahead of the April 5 premiere.
In addition to Montgomery, the cast includes Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”), Seth Gabel (“Fringe,” “Arrow”), Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”), Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”), Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”). Lucy Lawless and Stuart Townsend have also joined season two.
- Seth Kelley
Ok, so we all know that movie logic increases the median attractiveness of everybody on screen by at least 50%, and we accept it. But what happens when an actor is just too attractive for suspension of disbelief to work in a particular role?
Mae Whitman being cast as the eponymous "designated ugly fat friend" in this weekend's The Duff is a fine example. Thankfully the film (which is kind of great, by the way) does take pains to emphasise that even perfectly attractive people can be the Duff in their friendship group, because Duff is a state of mind. Or something.
Digital Spy takes a look back at seven more actors who were too attractive for the part, most of whom still got cast anyway.
Last year, mere months after Four Weddings celebrated its 20th birthday, Hugh Grant dropped the bombshell that nobody »
Pic is the English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel, based on the true story of a working-class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during World War II. The screenplay was written by Achim von Borries (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and Vincent Perez.
Joining the production team are cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne (“Irina Palm,” “Mr. Nobody”), production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos (“Amour,” “10,000 B.C.”) and editor Francois Gedigier (“On the Road,” “Yves Saint Laurent”).
X Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni (“Bluesbreaker,” “Bye Bye Blondie”) are producing together with James Schamus (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits (“Jane Eyre,” “Saving Mr. Banks »
- Leo Barraclough
"The door to their world could close at any moment. I've got to go in and get her out." A commercial for the Poltergeist remake teases more horrors for the Bowen family. Also included in our latest video round-up is a new Salem Season 2 trailer and clip, along with a recent Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spot and another Scream Queens teaser.
Poltergeist: A remake of the 1982 film of the same name that was directed by Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre) and produced and co-written by Steven Spielberg, Poltergeist is rated PG-13 and will hit theaters in 2D and 3D on May 22nd.
Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt star as the Bowen parents, who move their family to a new home. Their children are played by Saxon Sharbino, Kennedi Clements, and Kyle Catlett. Jared Harris (Lincoln, The Quiet Ones) plays the star of a TV show, titled Haunted House Cleaners, »
- Derek Anderson
The Tribeca Film Festival announced this week that audiences will have an opportunity to hear panel and one-on-one conversations with some of the industry’s most critically and commercially successful filmmakers, artists, and executives during this year’s Tribeca Talks series including Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller, George Lucas with Stephen Colbert, Cary Fukunaga with James Schamus, Brad Bird with Janeane Garofalo, Harvey Weinstein, Gus Van Sant, Courtney Love, Catherine Martin, and Christiane Amanpour.
Unique programs in the 2015 series include the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures where an acclaimed director participates in an intimate one-on-one conversation, Tribeca Talks: Master Class conversations focusing on a specific sector of the filmmaking process, Tribeca Talks: Script & Screen hosted by Barnes & Noble which explores topics related to screenwriting, as well as the previously announced special Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Conversations which presents conversations relating to sports and competition in film, »
- Sacha Hall
A war is brewing in 17th-century America in two new teaser videos for Salem Season 2. Also featured in our latest video round-up are three trailers for Resident Evil Revelations 2, which is now available to play in its entirety, as well as a clip from The Final Girls, which recently made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival.
"From creators and writers Brannon Braga (“Cosmos,” “24”) and Adam Simon (“The Haunting in Connecticut”), “Salem” season two opens at the dawn of the witch war set into motion at the end of season one, with its catalyst and Salem’s deadliest witch, Mary Sibley (Janet Montgomery, “Made in Jersey,” “Human Target”) at the center of the mayhem as she faces off against new and old adversaries vying for her throne. In the wake »
- Derek Anderson
One of the most anticipated genre films of the year has to be Guillermo del Toro's take on romantic gothic horror with "Crimson Peak," a spin on classic films of the genre like "Jane Eyre," "Rebecca," and "The Innocents".
Though it's not debuting until mid-October, the filmmaker reportedly is almost finished crafting the film and apparently has a version ready that's good enough to show off.
Two of the few who have gotten to see this early version have been horror author Stephen King and his son and author in his own right Joe Hill. The pair have posted their reactions on social media which you can see below:
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) March 15, 2015
Remember that list I tweeted the other day, the 13 most beautiful horror films. Crimson Peak is the most beautiful of all. »
- Garth Franklin
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