10 items from 2015
How many Mark Wahlbergs are there? I ask because I like the guy who showed up in this week's "Ted 2." I like goofball Mark Wahlberg. I like belligerent Boston Mark Wahlberg. I like dancing silly Mark Wahlberg. I like dim bulb but well-meaning Mark Wahlberg. I do not, however, care for "I'm smarter than I look" Mark Wahlberg. I do not like humorless Mark Wahlberg. I do not particularly care for serious action mode Mark Wahlberg. And when I look at the ones I don't like side-by-side with the ones I like, I find it hard to reconcile that this is all one person. So again… I ask… how many Mark Wahlbergs are there? When Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights" was released, it was a breakthrough for the young actor, part of a banner year in his nascent acting career. He had made a few films before that, including »
- Drew McWeeny
Academy Award winner Russell Crowe makes his directorial debut on 'The Water Diviner,' an epic and inspiring tale of one man's life changing journey of discovery. Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who four years after the bloody Battle of Gallipoli, risk his own life to search for his three beloved sons, who never returned home from the war. With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor embarks on an emotionally charged and dangerous trek across the battle scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth and perhaps his own peace. The films international cast also includes Olga Kurylenko, Yilmaz Erdogan, Jai Courtney, and Isabel Lucas.
Here is what Russell Crowe had to say about his film and his other passion rugby.
Russell how is it being an owner of a rugby team?
Russell Crowe: Nine years ago I spent some of my »
- Fernando Esquivel
Slipping away from the ravages of cancer, wealthy NYC business tycoon Damian Hill (Kingsley) decides to undergo a radical ‘fountain of youth’ medical procedure devised by an innovative (and psychotic) scientist known as Albright (Matthew Goode). The procedure, offering ‘humanity’s greatest minds more time to fill their potential’, uses revolutionary technology to transfers a person’s consciousness from one body to another.
Shortly after transference of his conscious into the body of a healthy, virile young man (Reynolds), Damian soon discovers that scientific progress is not without its sacrifice when his mind begins to be invaded with the memories and impulses of the conscious that previously occupied the body before him. All is not as it seems as Damian uncovers the mystery of the »
- Sacha Hall
HBO is developing a drama series from rapper-actor Snoop Dogg and director-producer Allen Hughes (Broken City, Gang Related). Written by Rodney Barnes (The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris) and directed by Hughes, the untitled drama is set in early 1980s Los Angeles and centers on a family whose seemingly idyllic life is turned upside down by the collision of their community and American politics. Snoop Dogg (real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr) was born in Long Beach… »
With cameras about to start cranking, the indie revenge thriller Message From The King is adding to its cast. End Of Watch’s Natalie Martinez is aboard to join the likes of Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans and Teresa Palmer. Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz is calling the shots from Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher’s script. The plot follows a man named Jacob King (Boseman), who touches down in Los Angeles from South Africa in search of his younger sister. He has only a few hundred dollars to his name and a plane ticket that means he must return home a week, but is devastated to learn that his sister has died. Burning with the need for vengeance, he tracks down the people responsible across the next six days.Martinez, who has also been seen in the likes of Broken City and Death Race, is on to play Trish, a »
On the success of History’s 2012 miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys, and amidst the rising popularity of African American history in film, the cable network is looking to revive one of the most acclaimed depictions of slavery ever committed to the screen. According to Deadline, the 1977 ABC miniseries Roots is rumored to be on its way to getting the green light very soon.
History acquired the rights to the series in late 2013 from the original Roots executive producer’s son Mark Wolper and the novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family from the Alex Haley estate. Allen Hughes (of The Hughes Brothers) has also reportedly joined to direct the series, which will be written by Mark Rosenthal and Larry Konner. He will join Wolper and Marc Toberoff as an executive producer the miniseries.
Hughes broke out back in 1993 with his debut film Menace II Society, which he co-wrote and co-directed with his brother Albert. »
- William Fanelli
Back in 1977, Alex Haley's book Roots became the biggest and most talked about mini-series of all time. A little over a year ago, the news broke that cable network History planned to remake the series for a new generation. As we get closer and closer to that becoming a reality, the network has found their director. Allen Hughes, best known as a part of the Hughes Brothers, has directed the films Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, From Hell, The Book Of Eli, and most recently Broken City »
- Alex Maidy
As a senior member of CAA’s Film Finance Group, Steinman worked with Black Bear on several movie projects, including negotiating the U.S. distribution deal for Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Imitation Game” with the Weinstein Co. and advising on the company’s creation of Canadian distributor Elevation Pictures.
“Imitation Game,” a candidate for major awards, has topped $30 million in the U.S., nearly all of that following a Christmas Day expansion. It has grossed another $30 million overseas.
Steinman will be focused on corporate strategy, new growth opportunities and the day-to-day operations.
Black Bear is planning a summer shoot for “Gold,” to be directed by Stephen Gaghan, with Matthew McConaughey starring in the story of the 1993 Bre-x Mineral Corp. mining scandal. Past credits include “All Is Lost,” “A.C.O.D.” and “Broken City. »
- Dave McNary
The former CAA agent is named co-president and COO of the financier-producer as founder Teddy Schwarzman prepares to move to La to launch the West Coast hub.
Until now Steinman has served for years as a senior member of CAA’s Film Finance Group and worked with Black Bear on negotiating the Us deal with The Weinstein Company on The Imitation Game.
Steinman joins Black Bear’s Ben Stillman, who is promoted from vice-president to senior vice-president. Prior to CAA Steinman served as partner at Sloss Law Office.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Exclusive: Black Bear Pictures, the financier-producer of the Oscar-contending drama The Imitation Game, has made a major move to expand. President-ceo Teddy Schwarzman today set as president and COO Dan Steinman, the seven-year veteran of the CAA Film Finance Group. Steinman will be based in New York, as Gotham-based Schwarzman moves to Los Angeles to start an outpost there. They’ve also upped Black Bear’s Ben Stillman from veep to senior vice president.
Steinman has long been a fixture in the indie film game, serving as a partner at Sloss Law Office before moving to CAA (before launching Black Bear, Schwarzman, also an attorney, worked for John Sloss’ sister company, Cinetic, and before that was a Citigroup analyst). At CAA, Steinman worked with Black Bear Pictures on a number of projects, and most notably helped in brokering the record-setting U.S. distribution deal for The Imitation Game with The Weinstein Company at Berlin. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
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