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Scott Free To Be "On Call In Hell"

4 November 2014 7:49 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Scott Free and Principato-Young are developing a film adaptation of battlefield doctor Rich Jadick's memoir "On Call In Hell".

The book tracks Jadick's days as a marine officer and surgeon in Fallujah, risking his life trying to triage and rush gravely wounded American soldiers to safety before they bled out.

In the process he disobeyed orders and put his own survival at risk. He was the first doctor in the armed forces ever to be awarded the bronze star for valor in combat for his work in Iraq.

Andrew Stern ("Disconnect") developed the feature script which producer Allen Fischer. Fischer, Ridley Scott and Michael Schaefer will produce. Scott will not direct but will help in securing a helmer.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Men, Women & Children | Review

29 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

I Tumblr For You; The Kids Aren’t Alright in Reitman’s Latest

Parents and their burgeoning teenagers battle their insecurities and repressed sexuality amidst ever present technology in an otherwise hushed community in a tightly woven all-American town. Sound familiar? On the surface, Jason Reitman’s latest effort Men, Women & Children is trying so very much to be American Beauty. There’s the hyper-sexualized cheerleaders, the stifled paternal figures and their mentally or morally absent partners, who all crash into their own devastating denouements. Unfortunately, despite his effort to create a modified updated retelling of Sam Mendes’ masterpiece for the plugged-in age, Reitman’s film is ersatz, and instantly forgotten.

Via Emma Thompson’s voiceover (which was used to far better effect in the underrated Stranger than Fiction), the audience is introduced to the close-knit residents of a Texan town. There’s the sexually frustrated married couple Don (Adam Sandler »

- Leora Heilbronn

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'Men, Women & Children' (2014) Movie Review

6 September 2014 4:36 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Jason Reitman has decided to follow Labor Day with a closer look at the modern Internet age and how it relates to the Voyager 1 space probe and a Korean couple that neglected their child to the point it died while they played a video game. Overprotective parents, clueless parents, teenage pregnancy, selfies, adultery and much, much more are all part of the equation in a world where the Internet has distracted us to the point of isolation. The film is bookended by voice over from Emma Thompson chattering away about this and that and to be honest I could hardly care about, let alone remember, a word she said and I felt very similarly about nearly every character in this over-stuffed movie. Reitman along with Erin Cressida Wilson (Chloe) have adapted the story from the book by Chad Kultgen, examining the lives of several teenage children and their parents and »

- Brad Brevet

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Men, Women & Children’

6 September 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Troubled Teens & Clueless Parents” might have made a more honest title for Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children,” a carefully diagrammed thesis movie about The Way We Live Now — specifically, how our attachments to the virtual world are destroying our relationships and turning us into a race of fame-obsessed, porn-addicted e-zombies. Unfolding as a series of loosely connected cautionary tales on the perils of excessive phone, Internet and social-media use, , like a less overblown version of “Crash” for the information superhighway. Relatability often being a more reliable conversation-starter than quality, the film’s universally applicable message, savvy packaging and excellent cast could inspire audiences to log on to the Oct. 17 Paramount release.

It’s one of the unintended ironies of Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson’s script (adapted from Chad Kultgen’s novel of the same name) that their entirely plausible theory of contemporary American behavior — namely, that our various »

- Justin Chang

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Teaser for Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' sets moody internet-era tone

19 August 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The last time Paramount Pictures tried a Jason Reitman film on the awards season, it was last year's "Labor Day." I thought it was an impressive bit of stretching from the director and was happy to see a certain sect of critics find value in it. Alas, that was a minority view, as most took aim on the film and fired either at Telluride or Toronto and a misguided December release date finished it off after that. But everyone is back up to the plate this year with the Chad Kultgen adaptation "Men, Women & Children," and the first teaser trailer for the film has arrived to set the tone. Paced to a moody Plantains cover of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" (a ubiquitous track last year in everything from "Gloria" to "American Hustle"), the teaser establishes the film's melancholy world of disconnected people, faces in devices, emotionally detached from everything around them. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

26 June 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »

- Brad Brevet

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271 Invited To Join The Academy

26 June 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 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 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine, »

- Michelle McCue

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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

26 June 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

26 June 2014 11:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »

- Guy Lodge

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

26 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »

- Tim Gray

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Casting Net: Ansel Elgort to play American piano prodigy; Plus, Ewan McGregor, more

23 June 2014 4:50 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• The Fault in Our Stars lead Ansel Elgort will play the title role in Van Cliburn. The film tells the story of the Texan piano prodigy who has been credited as bridging the Cold War gap between America and Russia when, at age 23, he won the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958. Andrew Stern (Disconnect) is penning the script, and Elgort, a graduate of Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts, will perform the piano playing himself. [Deadline]

Ewan McGregor (The Impossible) will star in the film adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral. McGregor will play »

- Jake Perlman

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Emma Thompson and Paula Patton Tapped as Golden Globe Presenters (Exclusive)

10 January 2014 11:59 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emma Thompson and Paula Patton have been tapped as Golden Globe presenters, rounding out the list which also includes Tom Hanks, Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde.

Thompson has also been nominated for best actress for her role as P.L. Travers in “Saving Mr. Banks.” She has not taken a Globe home since she played Ms. Kenton in 1993′s “The Remains of the Day.”

Patton’s recent films include “2 Guns,” “Disconnect” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.”

Watch Variety.com for live coverage of the Globes.

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- Alexandra Cheney

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Emma Thompson and Paula Patton Tapped as Golden Globe Presenters (Exclusive)

10 January 2014 11:59 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Emma Thompson and Paula Patton have been tapped as Golden Globe presenters, rounding out the list which also includes Tom Hanks, Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde.

Thompson has also been nominated for best actress for her role as P.L. Travers in “Saving Mr. Banks.” She has not taken a Globe home since she played Ms. Kenton in 1993′s “The Remains of the Day.”

Patton’s recent films include “2 Guns,” “Disconnect” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.”

Watch Variety.com for live coverage of the Globes.

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- Alexandra Cheney

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