16 items from 2015
So, Hollywood, you say you want strong roles for women? How about an American campaign strategist who doesn’t hesitate to stand up to or stare down the candidate poised to become Bolivia’s next president? She’s not the next Erin Brockovich (it’s one thing to litigate carcinogens out of the local water supply and quite another to pump toxins into the system), but as played by Sandra Bullock, “Our Brand Is Crisis” political spin doctor Jane Bodine is easily one of the best female roles of the last 10 years — which makes it all the more satisfying to learn that it was originally written for “Gravity” co-star George Clooney. The movie itself is something more of a mess, though designedly so, fictionalizing the incursion of U.S. marketing tactics in the 2002 Bolivian election, first captured in Rachel Boynton’s documentary of the same name.
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- Peter Debruge
We already knew 'General Sam Lane' would be joining the likes of 'Red Tornado' and 'Livewire' on Supergirl at some point this season, but now we know who'll play him. According to IGN, Glenn Morshower is set to portray the father of Lois and Lucy Lane in a recurring role. His inclusion comes hot on the heels of Jenna Dewan-Tatum's casting as his younger daughter on the CBS show. Supergirl's General Lane is described as a powerful military lifer and and an overprotective father to both Lucy Lane and her sister, Lois. His arrival in National City stirs up trouble for Supergirl when he enlists her in a dangerous government initiative. Morshower seems to be the perennial military man, having played similar roles in X-Men: First Class, Agents Of Shield, The Men Who Stare At Goats and in Michael Bay's first three Transformers movies. What do you think of Morshower's casting? »
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot Fuzz” Heather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception” Kevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
After analyzing millions of hours of streaming data, Netflix's algorithm has decided that the American people enjoy watching Brad Pitt just as much as they enjoy watching Adam Sandler: According to Deadline, the streaming service has acquired the distribution rights to War Machine, a satirical look at the war in Afghanistan that will star Pitt as a general loosely based on Stanley McChrystal. (It's based on the late Michael Hastings's book The Operators.) Netflix reportedly paid $30 million for the privilege of getting a bona fide A-lister on its roster, while Pitt — who is also producing the film — is reportedly thrilled someone gave him a lot of money to make his own version of The Men Who Stare at Goats. »
- Nate Jones
In today's non-Marvel news that sounds like Marvel news, Brad Pitt is set to star in War Machine, a Netflix original movie adapted from the late Michael Hasting's best-selling book, "The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan." Produced by Netflix and Pitt's Plan B, the David Michôd-directed satirical comedy takes aim at the American military industrial complex. War Machine is, in Michôd's words, "a big, bold movie about the whole sprawling, complex, cumbersome and crazy machinery of modern war and the many lives it touches.” [caption id="attachment_469655" align="alignright" width="228"] Image via Amazon[/caption] From the press release: Inspired by the best-selling book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late Michael Hastings, War Machine concerns a four star, “rock star” general whose lethal reputation and impeccable track record vaults him to command the American war in Afghanistan. »
- Dave Trumbore
Scarlett Johansson's latest project sounds a little spooky. She's signed on to star in an adaptation of Jon Ronson's book "The Psychopath Test," a non-fiction book about psychopaths and "the madness industry." It's not exactly clear how the book will be adapted into a narrative, or where Johansson will fit in, but it's being described as "a psychological thriller." Here's the Amazon description of the book:
When Jon Ronson is drawn into an elaborate hoax played on some of the world's top scientists, his investigation leads him, unexpectedly, to psychopaths. He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. Armed with these new abilities, Ronson meets a patient inside an asylum for the criminally insane who insists that he's sane, a mere run-of-the-mill troubled youth, not a psychopath - »
- Jenni Miller
Jon Ronson is a renowned investigative journalist who has spent years exploring the more hidden aspects of society for radio, television, and print. His books, including Clubbed Class, Them: Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare At Goats, all feature a narrative structure that is specific to Ronson’s work – setting factual investigation within the gripping flow of his experiences in tracking down the information. Each account has the reader essentially riding shotgun with Ronson as he goes to get the story. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry, published in 2011, features this structure, too, and is now being developed by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment as The Psychopath Test, starring Scarlett Johansson.
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry sets out to explore the murky world of psychiatric diagnosis, and in doing so, looks at the mental health industry, including the media, the professionals and the patients – specifically psychopaths. »
- Sarah Myles
Now we're sure that author Jon Ronson will correct us on this if we've got this wrong, but there's an incident that he describes at the start of his excellent book, The Psychopath Test. He talks about a threat being made to an unnamed website, as a consequence of an interview that was run with Ronson himself.
Er, we think that was us. Let's just say that we certainly had a few (friendly) phone calls about it. If you've read the book, you'll know which bit we're referring to. Again, it may be another website that we don't know of, but reading Ronson's words brough back some memories.
If you've not read the book, then you may be tempted to go for a film version of The Psychopath Test instead. Universal Pictures is backing the movie take on the book, »
Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment have set "Futurama" and SNL writer Kristin Gore to pen a psychological thriller film adaptation of "The Men Who Stare At Goats" author Jon Ronson's book "The Psychopath Test".
The story deals with how the medical community tries to diagnose and classify an elusive group - remorseless, deadly psychopaths. Around 1% of people are said to be psychopaths - devoid of empathy, manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional. The book explores their world and the madness industry.
Roach and Gore are also teaming on the HBO comedy pilot W"omen In Space" about a group of women on a mission to colonize another planet.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Scarlett Johansson has signed on to star in The Psychopath Test for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Kristin Gore, the daughter of Al Gore and a former writer for Futurama, has signed on to write the screenplay adaptation, based on the book of the same name by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats, Frank).
No details were given for Scarlett Johansson's character, but the book examines how the medical community tries to diagnose and identify remorseless serial killers. During the course of writing his book, Jon Ronson came across several psychopaths and others whose lives were touched by madness, along with a psychologist who developed what is known as The Psychopath Test.
Jay Roach (The Campaign, Trumbo) has signed on to direct The Psychopath Test, and he will also serve as a producer alongside Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer, Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey. Erica Huggins and »
Jon Ronson’s non-fiction book The Psychopath Test might not seem like the sort of tome you'd instantly picture making the transition to film. Universal clearly disagrees, setting up an adaptation deal that has Scarlett Johansson attached to star and Jay Roach to direct. Kristin Gore, a veteran of Futurama and Saturday Night Live, is on board to write the script, which will turn the book’s subject matter – how the medical community attempts to diagnose and classify psychopaths and the industry that has built up around them – into a psychological thriller.There are scant details yet on what the final movie, assuming it makes it through the thorny forest of development, will actually be about, but Ronson’s work has proved fruitful in the past, with The Men Who Stare At Goats already turned into a film.Johansson enjoyed a big hit with Lucy last year and earned plenty »
Universal Pictures is doing more business with Scarlett Johansson, no surprise after Lucy turned into a surprise hit. Johansson will star in The Psychopath Test, a film directed by Jay Roach based on the book of the same name by Jon Ronson, who also wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats. The book looks at ways […]
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- Russ Fischer
16 items from 2015
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