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Continuing on with this weekly series I’m doing here at the site, we’re talking the top 25 Oscar winners in just about every single one of the Academy Award categories out there for us to discuss. Aside from the short categories and likely something harder to rank like Best Sound Editing or Best Sound Mixing as I’ve mentioned, I’ll be hitting them all over the coming weeks, including of course the big eight categories, two of which have already received this treatment. I’m also potentially going to do one that doesn’t exist (a fictitious Best Ensemble category), but that’s just an idea I currently am toying with. We’ll see about that one, but for now, we’ll stick to reality. Today I’ll be knocking off another one of the technical categories, with this one being the formerly popular and now kind of bemoaned Best Original Song field. »
- Joey Magidson
Jem No, last month's announcement that G.I. Joe Retaliation helmer Jon M. Chu is planning to direct a live-action reinvention of the '80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms was not an early April Fool's joke, nor was the request for fans of the original to send submission videos to JemTheMovie.com. To prove he is serious about bringing back the often-overlooked '80s cartoon character, Chu released an update video to introduce some of the dedicated production people behind the movie and to share some of the "amazing" and "hilarious" submissions they received. He also revealed that the movie is actually going to begin shooting in three weeks' time so if you submitted a video and Chu liked it, expect a call any day now.
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- BJSprecher Sprecher
Over the past few months, the actor Jesse Plemons' name has been practically synonymous with "Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumors." The Breaking Bad actor was first reported as a frontrunner for a major role in J.J. Abrams' upcoming sci-fi blockbuster back in January, and those stories have persisted over the last few months. Thanks to a new casting report over at The Hollywood Reporter, however, we now find ourselves wondering if Plemons may be out of the Star Wars race. The site's sources have informed them that the young actor is now in negotiations to co-star with Johnny Depp in the upcoming gangster movie Black Mass, and while nothing is definitive, it's possible that competing shooting schedules could prevent Plemons from traveling to a galaxy far, far away. Set to be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) and based on the book "Black Mass »
Juno Temple and Jesse Plemons are in talks to join Black Mass, the Johnny Depp-starring Whitey Bulger biopic. The true-crime thriller from Warner Bros. and Cross Creek Pictures will star Depp as the South Boston criminal mastermind, who was sentenced in November to two consecutive life terms plus five years after being found guilty on 31 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion and weapons charges (including his role in 19 murders). Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper is directing the project, while Joel Edgerton will play FBI agent John Connolly, and Guy Pearce will play Whitey's brother Bill Bulger.
- Borys Kit, Rebecca Ford
• Ellen Page (Juno) is in talks to play John Belushi’s wife, Judith Jacklin, in the upcoming biopic of the late comedian’s life. Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor) is set to star as Belushi in the Steve Conrad-directed and scripted pic. Page can be seen next as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: Days of Future Past (out May 23). Her spy-thriller Queen and Country also recently snagged a director in Craig Viveiros. [The Wrap]
- Lindsey Bahr
(Cbr) Johnny Depp has some brotherly company for his next crime-spree. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor is set to star in Warner Bros. and Cross Creek’s "Black Mass", about legendary Boston mobster and FBI informant Whitey Bulger. Now, Variety reports, another new actor is in the mix: Guy Pearce, fresh off his turn as the villainous Aldrich Killian in "Iron Man 3". He joins "Black Mass" as one of Bulger’s brothers. In addition to Depp and Pearce, "Black Mass" stars Joel Edgerton as FBI agent John Connelly. Scott Cooper of "Out of the Furnace" and "Crazy Heart" is set to direct. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
After experiencing some bad delays early in its pre-production, the upcoming gangster movie Black Mass has been assembling an impressive ensemble of stars. Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton are already on board and there has been some talk that Tom Hardy could come aboard as well, but the big story for the film today is that Guy Pearce is now in talks to join the cast as well (via Variety). Both being written and directed by Scott Cooper - the filmmaker behind Crazy Heart and Out Of The Furnace - Black Mass tells the true story of Whitey Bulger as me rose to prominance as one of the most powerful mob bosses in Boston. He also spent years as an FBI informant who gave up a great number of his competitors in order to keep his business thriving. Also keeping him in the game was John Connolly, an FBI agent »
Now that Johnny Depp has returned to the mob drama Black Mass as infamous Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, and Joel Edgerton is locked in as the childhood friend turned FBI agent who pursued him while also helping him stay at large, the rest of the cast is starting to fill out. Variety has word that Guy Pearce (Memento, Iron Man 3) is in talks to play Depp's brother, though it's not clear how integral the character is in the real-life story about the criminal turned FBI informant, who used the opportunity as a way to get rid of his competition before getting double-crossed by the agency and forced to go on the run. More below! The project had some trouble awhile ago when the budget was reduced, and could no longer afford Depp's fee for the film. Shortly thereafter, Barry Levinson fell out of the director's chair. But then »
- Ethan Anderton
Joseph Fiennes has replaced Guy Pearce as the co-lead in Strangerland, the Kim Farrant-directed drama about a couple whose teenage kids disappear. . The .news was broken by Deadline.com, which did not explain why Pearce dropped out. However Variety reports that Pearce is in talks to play Whitey Bulger.s brother in Warner Bros.' Black Mass, which will star Johnny Depp as Bulger, the Boston crime boss and FBI informant. Joel Edgerton is also on board that film, which will be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). Nicole Kidman and Hugo Weaving are attached to star in Strangerland,. which is scripted by Fiona Seres and Michael Kiniron and produced by Naomi Wenck and Macdara Kelleher. . Transmission is the Australian distributor and Wild Bunch is selling international rights. Screen Australia is among the investors. Shooting is due to start soon in and around Broken Hill. The DoP is P.J. Dillon, »
- Don Groves
A pungent reek of testosterone stinks up this high-toned apologetic for vigilantism and revenge. Still: great performances! I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): the trailer looked like the film was treading well-worn ground
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
First scene: Woody Harrelson rape-ily shoves a hot dog down a woman’s throat, and then beats up a guy who points out that, hey, buddy, not cool. Woody (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is the villain, so this is “okay,” but that’s the sort of movie you’re in for here. The pungent reek of testosterone off screen is deafening. Oh, is that a mixed metaphor? Kinda like the title of the film: out of the furnace… and, what? into the frying pan?
- MaryAnn Johanson
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) has a guitar, a dream, and a big orange kitty cat. He's looking for his big break in New York City, but he's too busy being a bit of an aimless schmuck to do anything great. Inspired by the '60s folk scene in Greenwich Village, this comedy/drama has a whole lot of good music performed by stars Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and Adam Driver.
Why We're In: The Coen brothers, a fantastic soundtrack produced by T-Bone Burnett, and one cool cat that rides the subway? We're in.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"George Washington" (Criterion Collection)
What's It About? Writer/director David Gordon Green's feature-length debut is about a group of tweens in North Carolina, and the very bad thing we know they did one summer.
- Jenni Miller
In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to Scott Cooper about his intense character study Out of the Furnace (out March 11). In his directorial debut Crazy Heart in 2009, writer-director Scott Cooper showed that he could take on heavyweight talent as his somber screenplay and naturalistic direction led to an overdue Oscar win for the film’s lead Jeff Bridges. He now has followed that success by taking on another story that focuses on inner demons with the gripping Out of the Furnace. And this time he has one of the most intense actors working today as his lead: Christian Bale. In the film Bale plays Russell Baze, a hard-working...
- Jason Guerrasio
“Man, this is so cool!”
That was Jeff Bridges’ reaction Saturday night to receiving the King Vidor award for excellence in filmmaking at the 20th San Luis International Film Festival. “It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for my work like this,” he added.
James Cromwell presented the award before an enthusiastic capacity crowd at the Fremont Theater, followed by the actors swapping stories for 30 minutes, a Q-and-a and a screening of Bridges’ signature film, 1998′s “The Big Lebowski” — starring as Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski.
Bridges appeared to genuinely enjoy the event, offering a variety of unaffected and unrehearsed answers.
“When ‘The Big Lebowski’ comes on TV, it’s like ‘The Godfather’ – I’m hooked,” he told the audience. “I always think that I’ll stop after John Turturro licks the bowling ball…. The movie is like candy; it’s so well made. The Coen brothers are so cool.”
Cromwell recalled »
- Dave McNary
You can add NYC band Ghost Beach to the ever-growing, unending, awe-inspiring, massively daunting list of bands we’re crazy excited to see this year at SXSW. Aptly self-identified as “tropical grit pop,” this New York based duo is making big waves heading into this year’s all encompassing music and media festival for their upcoming album. Last spring they made waves as well for their habit of giving away their tunes for free, which earned them a feature in The New York Times. Boasting a debut album full of pop heavy tunes with synths galore and fair amount of epic guitar solos, the group’s atmospheric punk vibe lends easy comparisons to Depeche Mode or The Police. And with the momentum they’ve built up so far, it’s a safe bet that they may eventually become as well regarded as the previously mentioned pantheons of 80s pop awesomeness. »
- Arshan Sadri
Out of the Furnace hits on Blu-Ray March 11th, and I’ve got a copy available for you to win. With all the hype surrounding awards season, and Christian Bale’s other film, American Hustle, his earlier release hasn’t received a lot of attention recently. Because it hits so close to the Academy Awards show, I wanted to make sure it doesn’t slip by unnoticed.
We didn’t give it the best rating when we reviewed this one on the podcast, but it has a lot that makes it worth watching. Mainly, Bale’s acting, but the rest of the cast does a solid job as well. You may already know that I’m a big fan of Bale’s, and this is a film that really offers up good reason to be. Even in a film that didn’t blow me away, he is still impressive to watch. »
- Marc Eastman
I received a Kindle for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I am not a particularly fast reader, but with this device my reading speed has dramatically increased and one thing I do every day is check the Kindle Daily Deals at Amazon as they frequently offer something worth picking up for only $1.99. Well, today the list is rather long as they have 34 books that eventually inspired award-winning movies on sale. No, this doesn't mean Oscar winning as you'll notice the book that helped inspire Ron Howard's Rush is included here and the Academy couldn't even see fit to offer it a Sound nomination. However, we all saw Daniel Bruhl take home a few awards already so it definitely counts. Books that inspired this year's Oscar crop are limited to the books behind Philomena and The Invisible Woman, but there is a lot more to take away beyond that. »
- Brad Brevet
Make up your mind please Johnny! Back in May 2013 it was announced Depp was no longer attached to Black Mass due to, what else, money but it looks like new backers Warner Brothers have coughed up the dough because the actor is back onboard to play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the Scott Cooper directed crime drama.
Bulger was captured in 2011 after 16 years on the run and 10 atop the FBI’s most wanted list. Joel Edgerton will co-star as childhood friend John Connolly who, as a high-ranking FBI agent, gave Bulger inside information to help him remain the king of the Boston crime scene. Bulger’s story is no stranger to the big screen as both The Departed and The Town are believed to be based on the career criminal.
- Victoria Bull
Over the years the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand has passed through the hands of directors Ben Affleck (Argo) and Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). For one reason or another things didn't work out with them. Now Warner Bros. is in talks with a director by the name of Josh Boone, who directed a great little film called Stuck in Love that I recently watched on Netflix. The Stand would be a very different project for the director, but if he thinks he has a good vision for the story, then I'm excited to see it.
According to The Wrap, the studio plans to adapt the epic novel of good versus evil into one R-rated film. I don't know how they plan to tell this story in one movie, but it will be interesting to see them try. I think it needs to be a full on trilogy, »
- Joey Paur
Warner Bros.' adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand is set to break records for most number of directors attached before ever getting off the ground, and yet another one has just been tapped to helm the long-gestating project. Read on!
Variety reports that Josh Boone is in early talks to direct the film, which previously had Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) signed on to sit in the director's chair. Boone recently directed The Fault in Our Stars for Fox, which comes out this June.
Warner Bros. and CBS Films set up The Stand in 2011 with Mosaic and Roy Lee attached to develop and produce. CBS has the option to participate on the financing, and Warner will handle worldwide marketing and distribution.
The Stand is a story of good vs. evil after a virus wipes out most of the American population. It features dozens of characters (including such memorable ones »
- John Squires
Last August we heard that Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper had taken over a new adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand after Ben Affleck had to step away due to his next directorial project Live by Night and his new job as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. However, it appears Cooper didn't stick with the project either as The Wrap has learned Warner Bros. and CBS Films have zeroed in on Josh Boone, director of the forthcoming The Fault in Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley, to take over the project. He will also adapt the book himself into a single, R-rated film that will be "faithful to the book." Cooper left the project back in November over creative differences, which is understandable since The Stand isn't all that easy to adapt. For those who don't know, the story is set in a »
- Ethan Anderton
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