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NBC development exec Renate Radford is leaving the Peacock after more than a decade to oversee development for Jason Winer’s 20th Century Fox TV-based Small Dog Picture Co.
Winer (pictured) is among the most sought-after TV helmer-producers. Radford’s hire underscores his intent to field his own projects through his overall deal with 20th TV. Winer made his name as a helmer with the “Modern Family” pilot, which earned him an Emmy nom and Directors Guild Award win.
Winer has since directed the pilots for ABC’s “Don’t Trust the B in Apt. 23,” NBC’s “1600 Penn” and the upcoming CBS laffer “The Crazy Ones.” He also directed the 2011 feature redo of “Arthur” starring Russell Brand.
Dana Walden, chairman of 20th TV, »
- Cynthia Littleton
According to the British newspaper The Telegraph, the BBC has made an offer to Rory Kinnear to replace Matt Smith as the next incarnation of the Time Lord in the long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who. According to The Telegraph's source, Kinner - who portrayed MI6 officer Bill Tanner in the Bond films Quantum of Solace and Skyfall and also fornicated with a pig as the British Prime Minister in the Black Mirror episode 'The National Anthem' - "has been offered the part and we are waiting to hear if he will accept. He is the perfect choice."
Since Matt Smith announced he was bowing out of Doctor Who after the 50th Anniversary Special and this year's Christmas Special speculation has been rife as to who will become the Twelfth iteration of the Doctor, with Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd, Anna Karenina), Daniel Kaluuya (Johnny English Reborn, Welcome to the Punch) and Dominic Cooper »
- Flickering Myth
Here’s a film that takes a look at modern twenty-somethings in a fresh way. While in earlier generations, those in that age bracket (if they were fortunate to do four years of higher education, or a military stint) would whip off their cap and gown and settle into a steady job and perhaps start a family (after finding that dream suburban home). For many college grads today, those post-school years can be the start of a nomadic limbo, drifting from job to job and apartment to apartment, even returning to the family nest (insisting to the parents that this is just temporary). The title character of Frances Ha doesn’t resort to that, but she is sort-of floating without a clear destination in sight. But thanks to Greta Gerwig, the film’s star and co-writer, we’re rooting for her even as she takes a ill-planned detour. Of course »
- Jim Batts
When you hear the plot for "Frances Ha" -- about an awkward 27-year-old aspiring dancer in Brooklyn who's trying to get her life together -- your first inclination might be to compare it to another Brooklyn-based project with a twentysomething female protagonist. However, "Frances Ha" is not HBO's "Girls, and its co-writer and star, Greta Gerwig, is not Lena Dunham (nor is she playing Hannah, Dunham's character on the show). That's nothing against "Girls," it's just that "Frances Ha," and its terrific performance from Gerwig, deserves to stand on its own. Most mainstream audiences are likely unfamiliar with Gerwig. Other than supporting roles in "No Strings Attached" and "Arthur," as well as Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love," she hasn't had much exposure outside of the indie film world. Whether that changes with "Frances Ha" remains to be seen. Either way, the 29-year-old actress is someone to keep an eye on. »
- Alex Suskind
While this upcoming weekend’s box office will likely be dominated by some combination of Star Trek Into Darkness, The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3, indie film enthusiasts are exploding with anticipation for the release of Frances Ha, the latest film from director Noah Baumbach (Kicking And Screaming, Greenberg). The film has been scoring strong reviews from big name critics —it’s currently rated 94% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes— but more importantly, it stars Greta Gerwig, an incredibly talented young actress that Hollywood hasn’t quite figured out what to do with yet. She’s been cast in big budget rom coms (she was one of Natalie Portman‘s BFFs in No Strings Attached, and played the Liza Minelli role in the remake of Arthur), but Frances Ha is arguably the first film which fully showcases this naturalistic actor’s many talents. Whether you’re familiar with her work or »
- Mark Graham
Sneak Peek actress Greta Gerwig, the star and co-writer of the new film "Francis Ha" in the June 2013 issue of "Flare" magazine.
For her cover shoot, photographed by Max Abadian, Gerwig wears a Marc Jacobs top and Jonathan Saunders skirt, as chosen by fashion editor Fiona Green.
Gerwig first came to prominence through her association with the 'mumblecore' film movement, collaborating with director Joe Swanberg on several projects, including the film "Nights and Weekends", which the two co-wrote, co-directed and in which they co-starred.
"Acting is such a weird thing to talk about," said Gerwig. "I feel like all the language to describe acting makes you sound like an asshole..."
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- Michael Stevens
Oscar-winning scene-chewer Al Pacino has abruptly vacated his role in Universal Pictures’ upcoming animated sequel Despicable Me 2 only two months before its release. It’s being reported that actor Benjamin Bratt (Miss Congeniality, Traffic) will step in to assume the role left open by Pacino, which is that of the film’s antagonist El Macho.
The reason cited for Pacino’s departure is “creative differences,” naturally leaving everybody to question what sort of creative differences could arise while making an animated family film. Pacino has been known to go to the extreme with every character he plays, so it may be related to his technique. If I had to venture a guess, I would predict the directors were hoping for some of his Scarface intensity for the villain which perhaps Pacino was reluctant to provide. Again, your guess is as good as ours.
Despicable Me 2 has been a »
- Damen Norton
When the leader of a drug cartel escapes from the FBI and attempts to make his way to Mexico, it.s up to Arnold Schwarzenegger to stop him in his tracks in The Last Stand blast to Blu-ray, DVD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on May 21 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film will also be available for Digital Download on April 30 - three weeks prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand release. Along with Schwarzenegger, The Last Stand features an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass: The Movie), Rodrigo Santoro (What To Expect When You.re Expecting), Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Luis Guzmán (Arthur), Eduardo Noriega (Vantage Point), Peter Stormare (TV.s .Prison »
- Patrick Luce
It was an all-girls club this week on American Idol, following last week’s elimination of last boy standing Lazaro Arbos. But on Thursday’s results show, the Fierce Five shrunk to a Fab Four. The fallen idol spoke to EW.
Janelle Arthur was sent home.
Arthur didn’t appear too dismayed about her elimination during the taping, and she was still all smiles when talking with press after the show.
- Emily Rome
Monsters University is the origin story of how Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) met and became best friends and the best scaring team at Monsters, Inc. Since it takes place before the duo work at Monsters, Inc., it's a mostly new voice cast. Here are the voices you'll hear:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Anghus Houvouras wonders whether there's such a thing as a respectful remake...
Between the release of the Evil Dead remake and the Flickering Myth Reaction to the Carrie trailer, I've spent a lot of time this week considering remakes and weighing their worth.
Fundamentally, I've never been a fan of remakes. So many of them are unnecessary and pointless endeavors. Unoriginal and uninspired efforts that do little to improve upon the original. Not every remake is a travesty. Every so often you find a nugget of gold among the pile of cinematic dirt. Something like David Cronenberg's The Fly or John Carpenter's The Thing. Unfortunately you have to dig through garbage like Clash of the Titans, Straw Dogs, Last House on the Left, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, or The Fog, or The Stepford Wives, or Poseidon, or Arthur starring Russell Brand... I think you see where I'm going. »
- Flickering Myth
It may have been a bittersweet moment for Jennifer Garner watching “Argo” win Best Picture at the Oscars. Of course she was probably proud of her hubby, but it must be tough watching Ben Affleck receive accolades on accolades when her own career has been effectively praise-free since “Juno.” From “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” “Arthur,” and “Butter,” to her most recent “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” we were starting to question her taste. But she might finally have a hit on her hands, as Variety reports that she is in negotiations to star in Black List topper “Draft Day” with Kevin Costner. The Black List distinction should at least mean that this has a solid shot at decency. The story follows Costner as the manager of the Buffalo Bills trying to secure the number one pick for his team on draft day. Garner would play his secretary. Ivan Reitman is set to direct. »
- Tess Hofmann
As Ben Affleck has resurrected his career post-Bennifer implosion with a series of increasingly impressive directorial efforts, it’s easy to speculate that the Gigli star has learned a thing or two about the perils of working alongside romantic partners. So whilst Jennifer Garner’s husband wows critics with his latest release, Argo, the former “Alias” leading lady is left to take on a seemingly endless stream of lacklustre big screen projects. With a résumé that already includes the maligned Arthur remake, an odious Valentine’s Day and the *ahem* unforgettable Elektra, Garner can now add Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green to her growing list of movie mistakes.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green focuses on a couple (Garner »
- Phil Wheat
There’s a the first trailer and poster for the comedy Arthur Newman, which stars Colin Firt, Emily Blunt and Anne Heche. Firth plays middle–aged a has-been golfer who fakes his death, abandons his family, and takes on the new titular identity… The film is directed by Dante Ariola and written by Becky Johnston (Seven Years in Tibet, The Prince of Tides). Check out the trailer below Arthur Newman hits theaters on April 26th, 2013. Here’s the synopsis for Arthur Newman We are all actors in one sense or another. Who among us hasn’t at some point longed to become someone else? Wallace Avery (Colin Firth) knows...
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- Allan Ford
A new trailer has been unveiled for Frances Ha.
The film stars Greta Gerwig as dancer Frances, who lives with best friend Sophie. When Sophie decides to move out and live with another friend, Frances is left to figure out how to live her life.
Frances Ha will be released in the Us on May 17. No UK release date has been announced. »
"Sometimes it's good to do what you're supposed to do when you're supposed to do it." IFC Films has finally debuted the trailer for Noah Baumbach's new film Frances Ha, starring and co-written by actress Greta Gerwig (seen in Greenberg, Arthur, The House of the Devil, Damsels in Distress, To Rome with Love, Lola Versus). Yes indeed, this is a quirky B&W New York City-set drama about a fun young girl trying to find her place in life. I saw the film at the Telluride Film Festival last year and really enjoyed it, this trailer sums up how much fun it is in two minutes without giving away too much of the story either. I recommend watching. Watch the full theatrical trailer for Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, in high def from Apple: An aspiring dancer (Gerwig) moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, »
- Alex Billington
Julianne Hough, who previously acted alongside the controversial British comedian in the 'Rock of Ages' screen musical, has revealed during a chat with HuffPostUK, that "he does a really beautiful job, there's a lot which is stripped away in this, he's really loveable and calm".
This will come as a relief to Brand fans, still recovering from his last big screen outing, in the ill-conceived 'Arthur' remake.
- The Huffington Post UK
When the leader of a drug cartel escapes from the FBI and attempts to make his way to Mexico, it's up to Arnold Schwarzenegger to stop him in his tracks in The Last Stand arriving on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), DVD (plus Digital Copy and Ultraviolet), Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View on May 21 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Last Stand will also be available for Digital Download on April 30, three weeks prior to the Blu-ray, DVD and Video on Demand release.
In addition to Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Last Stand features an all-star cast including Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass: The Movie), Rodrigo Santoro (What to Expect When You're Expecting), Jaimie Alexander (Thor), Luis Guzmán (Arthur), Eduardo Noriega (Vantage Point), Peter Stormare (TV's Prison Break), Zach Gilford (TV's Friday Night Lights) and Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge).
After leaving his Lapd »
Washington, Feb 24: British funnyman Russell Brand, who now lives in America, claims that the different curses used by the Americans make him feel homesick.
The 37-year-old comedian said that what he miss most about the UK is his mum and Fc West Ham United and the words 'w**ker', 'b******s', 'b***er' and 'lorry,' Contactmusic reported.
He added that those words would be often used in one sentence - "B***er off out of my lorry you w**ker, I don't want to see your b******s," is what a bread delivery driver said to him the last time he was in London.
The 'Arthur' star also credited his pals for keeping him grounded because. »
- Shiva Prakash
The British actor and comic had the title role in the 2011 remake of Dudley Moore's 1981 comedy. However, it was poorly received critically and commercially.
Brand has said that he was naïve about choosing film roles, and "knows more" about the industry now.
"I didn't know a lot about script construction. I know more now. I was just embracing things enthusiastically," he is quoted as saying in The Sun.
"I thought I could do anything."
He added that the poor reviews hurt him, saying: "I felt a little bit bruised. I felt I'd made a mistake."
Brand currently hosts FX late-night show Brand X, which returned earlier this month in a new hour-long live format.
He will return to Xfm for a week of shows in March, along with Noel Gallagher. »
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