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Update, Saturday, 12:30Am: Distrib chiefs earlier in the week spoke about how Friday and Saturday are the saving graces during Super Bowl weekend; how most films are frontloaded on those two days. Well, Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s American Sniper is the only film that continues to hook the masses and hammer away against the competition, new and old. It’s the only film to come close to $10M tonight at the B.O., with the rest of Friday’s audience fractured across so-so choices. The industry still sees the Clint Eastwood making double digit gains on Saturday. Industry insiders predict American Sniper with a $31.3M weekend, and if the film hits that number, it will be the biggest haul for a movie during the Big Game frame, beating the bow of 2008’s Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (which opened to $31.117M)
If weekend estimates seem low, »
- Anthony D'Alessandro
‘Here’s the best part: you want to watch Davis. She has presence’
Three cheers for Viola Davis, who last weekend won a Screen Actors Guild award for her role in How To Get Away With Murder. She’s only the third actor of colour to have won Female Actor in a Drama Series (the other two came from shows also produced by Shonda Rhimes), and her pleasure in triumph warmed me from the inside out. “Thank you,” she said to the producing team, “for thinking that a sexualised, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned African American woman who looks like me.” In calling out Hollywood’s problem with black actors and the limited roles they’re offered, she gave a speech that was much more than the sum of its parts.
This is Davis’s moment in the sun, and how welcome it must feel. She’s had a long career, »
- Bim Adewunmi
The last few years several films concerning race relations in America have been released to much acclaim (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Academy Awards (12 Years A Slave), and big box office success (The Help). Just two weeks ago Oscar nominee Selma was given a wide coast-to-coast roll-out. But those true-life and fictional flicks were set in the past (Years over a century and a half ago). How about one set in the 21st century? Done, thanks to star/producer Kevin Costner and director/writer Mike Binder (they teamed ten years ago for the entertaining comedy/drama The Upside Of Anger). They’re going to try to shed a little light and start the healing with Black Or White.
The film begins as the affluent, tranquil life of high-priced La lawyer Elliot Anderson (Costner) is shattered when his beloved wife Carol (Jennifer Ehle) is killed in a car crash. Elliot must raise his grade school-aged, »
- Jim Batts
Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer is attached to star in Seacole – a historical biopic about the legendary woman who defied discrimination to nurse soldiers in the Crimean War. With Charlie Stratton (In Secret) set to direct a script written by Dianne Houston (Take The Lead) and Marnie Dickens (Ripper Street), the project is being packaged for sale at the Berlin Film Festival.
“Mary Seacole was a dynamic, complex and charming woman, and knowing Octavia and her immense talent, there is no one better to embody this impressive and courageous historical figure.”
Having been born to a Jamaican woman and a Scottish officer from the British Army, Seacole grew up studying the healing techniques used by her mother in the boarding house she ran. Later in life, after the death »
- Sarah Myles
Over three years ago, we learned that Robert Downey Jr. was producing a drama focusing on the tragic sinking of the USS Indianapolis during World War II. The film will focus on the tragedy from the point-of-view of Hunter Scott, an 11-year old boy who embarked on a journey to exonerate the Indianapolis’ court-martialed captain in 1996. Now the film is finally making progress towards the big screen as The Wrap has learned The Help and Get On Up director Tate Taylor has signed on to direct the film. Downey still isn't starring in the film, but he'll produce with his wife Susan Downey through their Team Downey banner. In the story, the young boy was researching the tragedy as part of a History Day competition and learned how the warship was sunk by torpedoes with the crew stranded for five days and eaten by sharks. The incident was recounted by »
- Ethan Anderton
The film reunites Costner with his director from The Upside of Anger, Mike Binder. Together, they've created a film that is not just about race relations, but also about the bare bones concepts of what it is to be a family.
Costner plays Elliot, a widow raising his granddaughter after his daughter died in childbirth. In the midst of his grieving, the child's grandparent on her father's side, played by Octavia Spencer (The Help), enters Elliot's life, demanding that the young girl be returned to her drug addict father.
- Sasha James
Warner Bros. and Team Downey are working on a film adaptation of the USS Indianapolis shark-attack story, known by many as the story Robert Shaw tells in the 1975 film Jaws. The project is not yet titled, but a source has confirmed that The Help and Get on Up director Tate Taylor is set to direct the film, with Mike Jones on to write the script. Deadline first reported the news. In 1945, the USS Indianapolis was sunk by torpedoes on its return from delivering the Hiroshima bomb. After the ship went down, the crew floated for five days, becoming ideal targets »
- Samantha Highfill
Octavia Spencer will lead the cast of Seacole.
She will star as Mary Seacole, a pioneering nurse who helped soldiers during the Crimean War despite facing prejudice. The film will also focus on Seacole's desire to work alongside Florence Nightingale.
Green said: "Mary Seacole was a dynamic, complex and charming woman, and, knowing Octavia and her immense talent, there is no-one better to embody this impressive and courageous historical figure."
It was recently announced that Fox will air the final three episodes of Spencer's comedy-drama Red Band Society beginning on Saturday (January 31). »
A bunch of filmmakers have been linked to all sorts of new projects in the past day or two. Here are the details:
James Marsh ("The Theory of Everything") has been slated to direct the Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films untitled project about amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first round the World Yacht Race in 1968. Firth will play Crowhurst, and shooting will begin in the spring.
Tate Taylor ("The Help") has come onboard to helm Warner Bros.’ untitled drama about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis which Robert Downey Jr. will produce. Mike Jones will write the script for the aftermath story of the 1945 sinking of the battleship in shark-infested Pacific waters.
- Garth Franklin
In development for some time, Warner Bros. Pictures appears to finally be moving forward with a big screen take on the harrowing true tale of the USS Indianapolis. TheWrap reports that Tate Taylor, the director behind The Help and Get on Up, has signed on to helm.
Outside of his Marvel commitments, which have swelled some more over recent months with his involvement in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, Robert Downey Jr. is selecting his newest projects, and one which has been involved with for a few years looks like it might finally set sail.
Downey and his wife, Susan, have been attached to the story of the USS Indianapolis since 2011 with their Team Downey company, but they and Warner Bros. Pictures have found a director for the project in the form of Taylor. But while the Iron Man star is on board as producer, it is unconfirmed if he »
- Scott J. Davis
Octavia Spencer is attached to star in Seacole, a period biopic about "a pioneering Jamaican doctress who battled prejudice to play a key role in the Crimean War, rivaling Florence Nightingale." The film will reteam Spencer with producer of The Help, Brunson Green, and is set to be directed by Charlie Stratton (In Secret). [The Hollywood Reporter] Emma Roberts and Dave Franco will star in Nerve, Lionsgate’s adaptation of Jeanne Ryan's young adult novel. Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Catfish), will direct and the script was penned by Jessica Sharzer. The book told the story of a high school wallflower who »
- Jennifer Maas
As famously recounted in Quint's dramatic monologue in Steven Spielberg's Jaws, the fate of the USS Indianapolis is one of the most horrific tales of World War II. It's a story of capsize, starvation, dehydration, shark-attacks and death, and while there was ultimately a light at the end of the tunnel, that doesn't make the events any less brutal. Now those events will be getting brought to cinematic life courtesy of producer Robert Downey Jr. and director Tate Taylor - though they will be unfolding through the filter of a young boy looking to find justice for a hero in the whole mess. The Wrap has the news out of Sundance at that the helmer of the Oscar-winning The Help and last year's Get On Up is now set to direct the USS Indinapolis-centric film, which does not yet have a title. The main story in the movie will »
Details on a new project Octavia Spencer is now attached to, which will be shopped at the upcoming European Film Market, which runs in conjunction with the Berlin Film Festival... Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, announced today that Octavia Spencer is attached to Brunson Green's "Seacole." The pair last worked together on "The Help," which Spencer co-starred in, and Green produced. Via the press release, the project is described as an epic drama that will be directed by acclaimed theater and filmmaker Charlie Stratton, from a screenplay written by Academy Award nominee Dianne Houston and Marnie Dickens. It'll tell the widely unknown, inspirational true story »
- Tambay A. Obenson
She's won an Oscar for The Help and now Octavia Spencer is heading back in time for another story of pioneering women in tumultuous times by signing up for 19th century biopic Seacole. According to The Hollywood Reporter's scoop, her old producer from The Help, Brunson Green, has enticed her into taking the role of Crimean War-era doctor, Mary Seacole. Despite all the usual strictures of her race at the time - an inability to vote, lack of civil rights - she made a name for herself with her pioneering approach to medicine, saving countless soldiers' lives in the process. Among them she came to be known as 'Mother Seacole', a saving angel whose reputation grew to rival even that of Florence Nightingale."Mary Seacole was a dynamic, complex and charming woman, and, knowing Octavia and her immense talent, there is no one better to embody this impressive and courageous historical figure, »
Mike Jones will write the script for the aftermath story of the 1945 sinking of the battleship in shark-infested Pacific waters. Warner Bros. set up the long-in-development project in 2011 by acquiring life rights to Hunter Scott, who helped exonerate the court-martialed captain of the Indianapolis, and set it up at Team Downey.
The project first went into development in 1998 at Universal when Scott was 13 — two years after he’d begun research for a school history project that led to a re-examination of the case of Capt. Charles McVeigh, the only captain to be court-martialed for the sinking of his ship during WWII. The ship was torpedoed by a Japanese sub shortly after delivering parts for the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
- Dave McNary
Mike Jones will write the script for the film, which will be produced by Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and David Gambino. Warner Bros. executives Jon Berg and Nik Mavinkurve will oversee the project for the studio.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, which left its »
- Jeff Sneider
After trying for several years to float a film based on the real-life seaborne tragedy of the USS Indianapolis, Warner Bros. finally made waves in 2011 when Robert Downey Jr. and his producing partner/wife Susan Downey hopped aboard to steer the cinematic ship. They’ve now landed The Help’s Tate Taylor to direct the film.As most famously chronicled by Robert Shaw’s Quint in Steven Spielberg's Jaws, Japanese torpedoes sank the Indianapolis in July 1945. Approximately 300 of the 1196 crew went down with the ship and the remaining 880 faced dehydration, exposure and shark attacks while awaiting rescue. Only 321 were ultimately plucked from the water, and of those just 316 survived.Warner Bros. has the life rights to Hunter Scott, the 11-year-old lad who in 1996 was inspired by Spielberg's shark pic to write a report about the vessel and her ill-fated crew for a History Day competition. His research ended up vindicating captain Charles McVay, »
Based on the Jeanne Ryan novel, the story follows a high school senior who finds herself immersed in an online game of truth of dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of voyeurs. Jessica Sharzer adapted the script. [Source: Variety]
Untitled Hurricane Katrina Film
DuVernay will write, produce, and direct, whilst Oyelowo is in negotiations to produce and star. No schedule has yet been set. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Charlie Stratton will direct Seacole from a screenplay by Dianne Houston and Marnie Dickens about Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse and contemporary of Florence Nightingale who tended to the sick during the 19th century Crimean War.
The film will focus on battlefield action as Seacole fights to take care of British soldiers during and after the war. Umedia finances the project and is on board as co-producer.
“It is time to bring Mary Seacole’s story to the big screen,” said The Exchange CEO Brian O’Shea. “Octavia Spencer will bring her wit and determination to this strong character.”
“It’s exciting to be working with Octavia again to bring this important and moving story to life,” said Green. “Mary Seacole was a dynamic, complex and charming »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
All but two of the 11 film winners at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards were first-timers at the podium. The exceptions: Julianne Moore for "Still Alice" and Emma Stone for the "Birdman" ensemble. Moore had previously prevailed for her work in the TV miniseries "Game Change" (2012). Stone was part of the ensemble win for "The Help" (2011). -Break- Related: Complete list of 2014 SAG Awards winners Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") hopes to continue the trend in his category. The last 10 men to win Best Actor at SAG have repeated at the Oscars: Jamie Foxx ("Ray," 2004), Philip Seymour Hoffman ("Capote," 2005), Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland," 2006), Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood," 2007), Sean Penn ("Milk," 2008), Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart," 2009), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech," 2010), Jean Dujardin ( »
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