13 items from 2014
I am sooo proud of our Palm Springs International Film Festival and equally happy that it's happening right in our own backyard! Just this morning, we heard that Eddie Redmayne, who is sweet and fabulous and a great actor to boot, is getting the Desert Palm Achievement Award for the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff). He's being honored for his excellent portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."
Redmayne will be joining previous Desert Palm Achievement Award recipients such as Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matthew McConaughey, and Sean Penn. And according to the press release, "in the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, and Penn went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor."
Hhhmmmm, good karma? Premonition? Happenstance? I sure hope so!
Here's the complete press release:
Palm Springs, CA (November 07, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will »
A couple of month ago it was rumored that Peggy Carter would have a cameo role in Marvel's Ant-Man, along with a few other characters that you can read about here. It has now been confirmed that Carter will indeed play a part in the movie, and it comes from a post at Project Casting, who says that casting directors are looking for a stand-in for actress Hayley Atwell. Here's the description that was released for the Ant-Man casting:
Casting directors are looking for an actor to work as a stand-in for the actor Haley [sic] Atwell. Haley Attwell [sic] is 31, 5’7 and 112 pounds. She is best known for her work in stage productions such as A View from the Bridge, and in films such as Cassandra’s Dream, The Duchess, The Pillars of the Earth, and Captain America: The First Avenger. In addition, casting directors are looking for a body double that meets certain requirements. »
- Joey Paur
Back in August, we reported a rumor that Marvel's Ant-Man may include certain characters from Captain America: The First Avenger, including Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter, Dominic Cooper's Howard Stark, Toby Jones' Armin Zola, and a younger version of Alexander Pierce, a character played by Robert Redford in this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier. While the other characters have not been confirmed yet, a new casting notice reveals that Hayley Atwell has joined the Ant-Man cast.
Take a look at the casting call below, which is seeking actresses to play Hayley Atwell's stand-in.
"Casting directors are looking for an actor to work as a stand-in for the actor Hayley Atwell'. Hayley Atwell is 31, 5'7 and 112 pounds. She is best known for her work in stage productions such as A View from the Bridge, and in films such as Cassandra's Dream, The Duchess, The Pillars of the Earth, »
Today’s film is the 2010 short Tomato Soup. The film is written and directed by Gabriel Bisset-Smith, and stars Sol Smith, Zawe Ashton, and Hayley Atwell. Atwell has appeared in a number of feature films over the past decade, including Cassandra’s Dream, The Duchess, and Captain America: The First Avenger, as well as on television in The Pillars of the Earth and Black Mirror. Her newest film, titled Jimi: All Is by My Side, opened in limited release in American theatres this weekend, and she will also be seen in the titular role in the tv series Agent Carter, which will make its premiere in the 2014-2015 television season.
- Deepayan Sengupta
London – Rob Roy, The Jackal and This Boy's Life director Michael Caton-Jones is taking on Urban Hymn, a coming-of-age drama set against the backdrop of the 2011 British summer youth riots. He recently directed World Without End, the follow-up to 2010 miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. The eight-part series is based on a bestseller by Ken Follett. Photos Chris Hemsworth Portraits Producers Dashishah Universal Film Production and Eclipse Films, in association with Powderkeg Pictures, on Wednesday announced that Caton-Jones would direct the film from a script written by Nick Moorcroft who previously wrote
- Georg Szalai
Ok, so you know the Halo TV series that Amblin Entertainment is working on for Showtime? This is not it.
This is a live-action "digital feature" whatever that means. It was written by Paul Scheuring (the guy who created Prisonbreak) and is going to be directed by a guy named Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, whose name seems unfamiliar. That doesn't mean you haven't seen his work.
Writes The Wrap:
Mimica-Gezzan previously served as Spielberg's first assistant director on “Schindler's List,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Minority Report,” and “A.I.” He also directed numerous episodes of fanboy favorites “Battlestar Galactica,” “Falling Skies” and “Heroes,” as well as the miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth.”
This Halo digital project is being produced by 343 Industries, Xbox Entertainment Studios and Scott Free Productions will have more of it's details spilled at June's E3 Expo, but it Has added it's Spartan cast member: Mike Colter of The Good Wife, »
British star Eddie Redmayne has signed on to play Danish artist Einar Wegener in an upcoming biopic.
The film is based on the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. Wegener was one of the first men to undergo a series of operations to become a woman in 1930. The film will follow the harrowing journey the couple take until Einar becomes Lilli and her life thereafter.
This will be a rather challenging role for Redmayne who has earned his chops in period pieces such as The Other Boleyn Girl and television mini-series The Pillars Of The Earth and Tess Of The D’Urbervilles. Redmayne has not long finished filming the Theory Of Everything in which he played famous physicist Stephen Hawking, »
- Lucinda Holt
Europe during the Middle Ages was a place of contrasts, where serfdom squalor festered in the shadow of royal splendor, an era of death and deterioration that somehow managed to produce magnificent castles and glorious cathedrals. Centuries later, we are still enthralled by the bravery of chivalrous knights and the majesty of the regal rulers who conquered, divided and united empires through blood, sex and marriage.
This Easter weekend, lose yourself in the romance and intrigue of the Middle Ages as we present the entire epic mini-series World Without End in an eight-hour television event. Adapted from bestselling author Ken Follett's follow-up to The Pillars of the Earth, the award-winning World Without End mini-series is set in the war-torn and plague-ridden 14th-century, in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, which finds itself struggling against both Crown and Church. Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City), Miranda Richardson (Young Victoria), Charlotte Riley »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
The entire epic mini-series World Without End will air Easter weekend in an eight-hour television event. All four parts will air back to back on Saturday, April 19th starting at 11am Et/ 8am Pt. World Without End, starring Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City, The Big C) and Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Young Victoria) is an adaptation of Ken Follett's international best-selling novel set amidst natural disaster, plague, and war in 14th century England two hundred years after the construction of the great cathedral in The Pillars of the Earth.
Like Pillars, World Without End is set in Follett's fictional town of Kingsbridge, but it picks up with a new cast of characters. They include Merthin, a handsome young man with an interest in engineering and architecture played by Tom Weston-Jones (Copper, Mi-5) and Caris, a feisty young woman played by Charlotte Riley (Edge of Tomorrow, »
- Mandy McAdoo
Cannes — French pay TV company Canal Plus has greenlit crime drama “Spotless,” which was co-created by Ed McCardie (U.K. version of “Shameless”), and Corinne Marrinan (“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”).
The 10-episode series is to be produced by Tandem Communications, which is owned by Canal Plus’ production arm Studiocanal. Principal photography is set to begin this summer on location in London. The first two episodes will be directed by Pascal Chaumeil (“Heartbreaker,” “A Long Way Down”). Principal casting will be announced soon.
The show, which will be peppered with black humor, centers on a troubled man, Jean, whose tidy life is turned upside down when his outlaw brother, Martin, crash lands into his world, and gets both of them involved in the deadly dynamics of organized crime.
Played out against a backdrop of Jean’s niche crime-scene cleaning business, with gangsters, corruption, drugs and death a constant hazard, Jean, Martin »
- Leo Barraclough
For the best part of 20 years Chris Blackburn tried his hand at writing film scripts, a sideline to his day jobs as a newspaper and TV reporter, reality show producer and, currently, as a co-executive producer on Big Brother.
Eighteen months ago he had an idea for a crime drama about a young man whose sister has been brutally murdered, set primarily in a row of vacant houses near his home on the north coast of Nsw.
Blackburn wrote the script and asked his son Tim, a TV editor who has directed several short films to direct. Entitled Burns Point, the film is now in day seven of a 21-day shoot in and around the town of Ballina.
Asked how he.s financed the film, Chris tells If, .It.s mostly me. I.ve saved up for this and put money aside." Cast and crew are working on deferred. fees in some cases. »
- Don Groves
One of the most Our Kind of Shows-friendly networks, The CW, has done us a few more favors, bless ‘em. They’ve given us not only the dates for the season finales of all Our Kind of Shows that they broadcast – that’s Arrow, The Tomorrow People, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Star-Crossed, and The 100 – but tacked on a new one as a bonus!
Well, it’s not a new series, but Labyrinth is a four-hour miniseries, and it stars so many familiar faces. The War Doctor! The Winter Soldier! Draco Malfoy! Defiance‘s Datak Tarr! Winter’s Tale‘s Beverly! More info about that below, along with the season finale dates and times. The SciFi Mafia Calendar (see the Calendar tab above) has also been updated.
- Erin Willard
Berlin — Olivier Courson, chairman and CEO of European mini-major Studiocanal, and Rola Bauer, prexy and partner of Studiocanal’s Tandem Communications, will deliver a joint keynote address at television mart MipTV in Cannes on April 8.
Under the title “Tandem/Studiocanal: European Sensibility — Global Appeal,” the keynote will highlight the companies’ international productions, and announcements of new productions for primetime programming worldwide. In addition, the keynote will cover how they are optimizing synergies and opportunities within Studiocanal.
Courson has built Studiocanal into a top European studio, among the leaders of feature film production, acquisition and distribution, and a leading international television studio with its acquisition of Tandem two years ago, and Red Production Company in December last year.
Among the many Studiocanal productions Courson has developed include: the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis”; “Non-Stop,” directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, with Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Michelle Dockery; “The Gunman,” produced by Joel Silver, »
- Leo Barraclough
13 items from 2014
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