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Production is underway in New Orleans on the Plan B, Paramount and New Regency non-fiction adaptation about investors who ‘shorted’ the market at the time of the housing bubble prior to the 2008 financial collapse.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Early reports linking Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell to roles in The Big Short began in January this year, and were finally been verified this morning. Paramount Pictures, New Regency and Plan B Entertainment have ended negotiations with the star-studded ensemble who are all confirmed to appear in the adaptation of Michael Lewis’ best-selling book.
The non-fiction narrative tells the story of several key players responsible for the 2008 marketing crash, and how their individual actions had major consequences on the stock market. Anchorman helmer Adam McKay is directing this one to the big screen based on a script by Charles Randolph. Despite the dry subject matter, the injection of several A-list names hints at a production geared towards award-savvy audiences.
Gosling, Bale and Carell topline as three figures in the investment world whose decisions saw them profit from the catastrophe. Pitt, who will do double-duty while producing for Plan B, »
- Gem Seddon
While doing press for Avengers: Age of Ultron over the weekend, producer Kevin Feige shared some new details about Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man reboot. The character will first appear in a Marvel movie, most likely next year's Captain America: Civil War, before Spider-Man hits theaters on July 28, 2017. Kevin Feige confirmed previous reports that this new version of Spidey will not tell an origin story:
"In Spider-Man's very specific case, where there have been two retellings of that origin in the last whatever it's been - [thirteen] years - for us we are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics. It will not be an origin story. But, with great power comes great responsibility. It is inherent to who his character is. But we want to reveal it in different ways and spend much more time focusing on this young high school kid in the McU dealing with his powers. »
Following on from confirmation that the version of the character will be a 15-16 year old Peter Parker, Feige has assured fans that the studio has no plans on re-counting Peter Parker's origin story yet again. He tells Crave Online:
"In Spider-Man’s very specific case, where there have been two retellings of that origin in the last whatever it’s been – [thirteen] years – for us we are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics. It will not be an origin story.
But, with great power comes great responsibility. It is inherent to who his character is. But we want to reveal it in different ways and spend much more time focusing on this young »
- Garth Franklin
In the penultimate episode of Helix season 2, a main story arc proves as elusive as ever...
This review contains spoilers.
2.12 The Ascendant
When Helix first arrived, it had moments of eeriness that I took as being intentional and stylistic, but the second season has revealed the true nature of these curious moments as exceptionally shallow.
The opening sequence of The Ascendant proves the point exactly, because we already know Peter (now Ely) and Anne are both madder than a box of frogs. So them chopping up dead people with axes and then having blurry shower sex to The Flower duet from the opera Lakmé isn’t remotely weird but actually somewhere between tedious and passé. It’s a sociopathic romance built on zero foundations and some sort of misplaced shock value ethos.
I’d have been more taken aback if two characters spoke some well-constructed dialogue, or a subplot was developed that actually made sense. »
When last we left Arrow, Maseo (dressed as the vigilante) had Felicity in his bowsights and the Mayor was already down for the count. Tonight's hour picks up with Felicity being tackled to safety, but Ray taking an arrow in the chest instead. At a press conference, Quentin announces that he's reinstating the shoot-on-sight vigilante policy. Meanwhile, Thea and Roy are enjoying their reunion and mulling over fleeing the city together once more. The newscast announcing the arrest warrants for Team Arrow interrupt their romantic moments. In another soap opera moment occurring rather early on in the episode, it's revealed that Palmer is in need of a major surgical operation to keep him alive, but it carries the risk of permanent brain damage or death. Palmer's got a Plan B: Use his nanotech (patent pending) to swim through his bloodstream and break up the clot in his brain from the inside out. »
- Dave Trumbore
This review contains spoilers.
2.11 Plan B
Until about two days ago I was under the impression that this was a 12-episode season, because the 13th wasn’t listed or named. But now it is, I’ve got another two after this one to look forward to covering. That’s a problem for me, because in terms of scorn poured I’ve emptied my pail of woe on this show, and a couple more after that one.
What's really confusing is that, despite the very obvious lack of attention to detail or how character interactions aren’t even the slightest bit engaging being repeatedly pointed out by reviewers and commenters, the show is still doing the same dumb things 24 episodes later. Maybe those writing it are under some impression that the charm of Helix is that it doesn’t make sense and that the characters aren’t ones anyone would reasonably care about? »
“Cake” producer Kristin Hahn has launched her own Los Angeles-based production company, Hahnscape Entertainment, which will focus on acquiring rights to and developing literary material she will write and produce.
Hahnscape’s first project to be developed under the banner will be “Tumbledown,” which was written by Desiree Van Til and directed by Sean Mewshaw. It will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18.
The film follows a young woman (Rebecca Hall) who is forced to confront the loss of her acclaimed folk-singer husband and the ambiguous circumstances surrounding his death when a brash New York writer (Jason Sudeikis) visits her hometown in rural Maine to investigate the tragedy.
The banner is also developing the film “In the Flesh,” which Hahn is currently writing. She will also produce the pic along with Temple Hill.
“I’m excited to build Hahnscape Entertainment into a home for compelling, character-driven stories with »
- Justin Kroll
“I don’t want any more loss.” a breathy Emily sneered at Victoria halfway through Sunday’s Revenge. Unfortunately, Emily would soon be reminded that loss — much like David Clarke — is always lurking around the corner.
A sincere attempt at a truce with Margaux — Emily even brought her real birth certificate as a “peace offering” — ended in tragedy, as Margaux and her fuchsia pantsuit were side-swiped by a speeding taxi. (For those of you keeping score at home, that’s the second time a speeding car has attempted to murder a major character this season. »
The network confirmed today that it will air director Elliott Lester's single-character movie on Friday, May 29.
HBO president Michael Lombardo added: "We are proud to be partnered with Plan B on this bold and powerful film. This extraordinary solo performance by the incomparably talented David Oyelowo clearly demonstrates why he is one of the most gifted actors today."
HBO Films has published the first image from its upcoming movie Nightingale which stars David Oyelowo (Selma) as a troubled war veteran. This debut still accompanies a larger press release issued by HBO that further outlines details of the film’s release, which is now scheduled for May 29, 2015.
Directed by Elliott Lester from a screenplay by Frederick Mensch, Nightingale is described as “a provocative drama that probes the darkest corners of a disturbed mind, as a war veteran begins to unravel thread by thread. This searing story of solitude and isolation offers a poignant look at how life has failed one man.”
If there’s one thing that Oyelowo’s show-stopping turn in Ava DuVernay’s Selma proved, it’s that he can draw from an endless well of emotional resources. We look forward to seeing him commandeer another substantial character.
On the production side, HBO Films is working in »
- Gem Seddon
The pic features Oyelowo as the sole character, a war veteran whose life begins to unravel as he lives in isolation. Elliott Lester directed from from a screenplay by Frederick Mensch. “Nightingale” played the Los Angeles Film Festival last year.
Mensch’s script for “Nightingale” got attention on the Blacklist.com, where it caught the eye of exec producer Josh Weinstock. Weinstock and Lester brought it to Katrina Wolfe of Bn Films, which signed on to produce and finance the pic.
Plan B Entertainment produced “Nightingale” with Bn Films in association with Sea Smoke Entertainment and Yoruba Saxon Productions. Weinstock, Lester, Oyelowo and Wolfe are exec producers as well as Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.
- Cynthia Littleton
[Press Release] Los Angeles, March 18, 2015 – The HBO Films single-character drama Nightingale, starring Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo (“Selma”), will debut Friday, May 29, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Directed by Elliott Lester from a screenplay by Frederick Mensch, Nightingale is a provocative drama that probes the darkest corners of a disturbed mind, as a war veteran begins to unravel thread by thread. This searing story of solitude and isolation offers a poignant look at how life has failed one man. “We are proud to be partnered with Plan B on this bold and powerful film,” said Lombardo. “This extraordinary solo performance by the incomparably talented David Oyelowo clearly demonstrates why he is one of the most »
- Pietro Filipponi
Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, who were behind the horror film Mama, will develop with Andy in line to direct.
King first published the short story in Twilight Zone Magazine before it became a short-story in his famous "Skeleton Crew" anthology which also included a ton of great stories including The Mist and The Raft.
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Big screen versions of Stephen King stories have a checkered past. For every The Shining or Shawshank Redemption, you get a couple Dreamcatchers. But that.s never scared Hollywood away, and now Brad Pitt.s Plan B plans to adapt King.s teleportation short, "The Jaunt." According to Deadline, Andy and Barbara Muschietti, the pair behind 2013.s horror hit Mama, are developing The Jaunt, with Andy Muschietti in line to direct. Set in the 24th century, the story is more science fiction than King.s traditional horror, but still inflicts plenty of his trademark psychological trauma on the characters. The action revolves around a family preparing to use a form of teleportation called "Jaunting" to travel from Earth to Mars. In order to prevent terrible things from happening to your brain during this almost instantaneous process, the voyagers must be under anesthesia. If not, time stands still, the trip seems »
Brad Pitt's Plan B Productions have optioned the 1981 Stephen King short story The Jaunt for a feature adaptation. The production company has attached Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti, the filmmakers behind the 2013 thriller Mama, to develop the adaptation, with Andres Muschietti possibly directing. As per his standard practice, Stephen King sold his option to the short story for just $1, with the filmmakers given a 90-day window to set a writer in place and make headway in the development process. If enough progress is made within that time frame, no more money changes hands, so look for this project to develop quickly.
The Jaunt was first published in Twilight Zone Magazine in 1981, but gained a more prominent following after it was included in his short story anthology Skeleton Crew in 1985. The futuristic plot takes place in the 24th Century, following a father who explains the rules of "Jaunting," a method »
"Yes. Horror, lunacy, and death. How's that for a slight problem, kids?" The Twilight Zone Magazine was a fitting publication for Stephen King's 1981 short story, "The Jaunt", to make its debut. Like many episodes of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, "The Jaunt" (featuring one of the most disturbing endings ever crafted by King) deals with space travel and the great capabilities and devastating failures of advanced technology. Many readers were first introduced to the Mars-destined Oates family by reading "The Jaunt" in King's 1985 short story collection, Skeleton Crew, and it looks like within the next few years we could finally see the teleportation tale told on the big screen, as Brad Pitt's Plan B production company has optioned the feature film rights to "The Jaunt" and set Andrés and Bárbara Muschietti (2013's Mama) to adapt the haunting short story.
Deadline reports the news of Plan B's »
- Derek Anderson
The original short was a part of his 1985 anthology collection "Skeleton Crew," which included previously adapted to the screen stories like "The Mist," "The Raft," "Word Processor of the Gods" and "Gramma".
The story is set in the 24th century when the technology for teleportation is commonplace and allows for instantaneous transportation across enormous distances - even to other planets in the solar system.
The catch? It has to be done whilst unconscious. Those that have tried the trip whilst conscious either die or go immediately insane. The story deals with a father telling his family about the history of jaunting as they prepare for a trip to Mars.
- Garth Franklin
Deadline is reporting that Brad Pitt's Plan B productions has picked up the movie rights to Stephen King's "The Jaunt," and Andres Muschietti (Mama) will be behind the camera for the sci-fi movie. Muschietti's sister and Mama producer Barbara Muschietti is also attached to the project, and although no studio has been set yet to handle the film, Plan B does have a first-look deal with New Regency and RatPac Entertainment. "The »
- Jesse Giroux
Brad Pitt’s Plan B is building a reputation for shepherding bold, creative projects into life. Selma, 12 Years A Slave, Killing Me Softly and Moneyball have all been lovingly nursed through production with varying degrees of success, and it looks likely that Stephen King’s The Jaunt will join World War Z in representing the more fantastical end of the production house’s slate. Mama duo Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti are now attached to the project.A short story originally published by King in Twilight Zone Magazine, The Jaunt found a home and a fanbase in 1985 short story anthology, Skeleton Crew (also the home of The Mist). The premise, set in the 24th century, sees a dad explaining the basis of ‘jaunting’, a teleportation device with which he’ll transport his family to Mars. So far, so About Time meets Total Recall. Of course, things can – and do – go horribly wrong in the process. »
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