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Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is playing the lead role in Blackbird, a present-day take on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Blanchett’s character, Janet, discovers that her grandfather – a Hollywood visual effects artist who also worked for the U.S. government – had been keeping secrets about the president’s death. Traveling to Los Angeles after his death, she embarks on a twisting, turning journey to discover the truth. David Mamet wrote the script for the thriller. [Variety Exclusive]
- Amanda Taylor
The attachment was announced on the opening day of Cannes, where Myriad is selling worldwide rights.
Scott will portray a down-on-his-luck guidance counselor who alters transcripts to help a student that reminds him of himself. “Guidance” will also star Leslie Bibb, as the new teacher who’s the object of affection for Scott’s character.
“Guidance” is produced by Depth of Field’s Chris & Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano and Tom Butterfield of Culmination Prods. along with director Ira Rosensweig (“Think Tank”) and screenwriter Matteson Perry. Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico will exec produce and Depth of Field’s Dan Balgoyen will co-produce.
Myriad teamed with Scott on the hockey comedy “Goon.”
- Dave McNary
Seann William Scott will star in the comedy "Guidance" for Myriad Pictures and Depth of Field, the companies announced Wednesday. Myriad has acquired worldwide distribution rights, and will be selling the film in Cannes this week. It's a reunion for Myriad and Scott, who starred in Myriad's hockey comedy "Goon" last year. "Guidance" will be produced by Depth of Field's Chris and Paul Weitz and Andrew Miano (the team behind the "American Pie" franchise) and Tom Butterfield of Culmination Productions. Written by Matteson Perry ("Cops & Robots") and directed by Ira Rosensweig ("Think »
- Todd Cunningham
Nobody likes to be ‘friend-zoned’. It’s happened to everyone (and if it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will…) and it sucks. However, upcoming comedy The F Word is taking on the task of making that awkward phrase funny, with Harry Potter…I mean, Daniel Radcliffe starring opposite the adorable Zoe Kazan.
Directed by Michael Dowse (Goon), Radcliffe features as a hopeless romantic type who falls for Kazan, only to find out she already has a boyfriend. What happens? He is, of course, ‘friend-zoned’. Obviously there’ll be more to the film than that, but I honestly wouldn’t care if it was just the two of them starring at each other for two hours. I loved Kazan in Ruby Sparks; she really brought the character to life and I can’t wait to see her in more starring roles. As for Daniel, I grew up watching the Harry Potter films, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Directed by Goon's Michael Dowse, the romantic comedy stars Radcliffe and Kazan as twentysomethings who feel an instant connection after they meet at a party, despite the fact that Kazan's character has a boyfriend.
According to its official synopsis, The F Word will follow Wallace (Radcliffe) and Chantry (Kazan) as they struggle to be "just friends".
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Just over a year ago, the hockey comedy Goon from director Michael Dowse went mostly unnoticed, but it's definitely worth seeking out. Now Dowse has his next film waiting for distribution in the form of The F Word. It's not as vulgar as you think as it follows a guy who thinks he has a romantic connection with a girl only to discover that she already has a boyfriend. The word in question is "friends" and Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) seem to be pretty adorable ones in these first look photos from the film with a script by Elan Mastai, which actually made the Black List in 2008, and is on sale at Cannes this month. Here are the first look photos from Michael Dowse's The F Word via The Playlist: The F Word is directed by Michael Dowse (Goon) and written by Elan Mastai (The Samaritan »
- Ethan Anderton
A fair amount of Hollywood’s output stems from The Blacklist. About 200, in fact. The F Word is one which found a place in 2008. The list is made up of the best as-yet unproduced screenplays, which are voted on by film industry development executives. It’s a chance for budding screenwriters to upload their spec scripts and see how Tinseltown responds.
One of those success stories, The F Word, was adapted by Elan Mastai, the writer behind, err, Alone In The Dark and Sam Jackson actioner, The Samaritan. Based on the play Cigars And Toothpaste by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi, the film captures the confusion between two friends who realise they quite fancy each other. That’s right folks, the F stands for friends. Not that other word you were thinking. Here’s the official synopsis:
The F Word. It’s not what you think. It means “Friends” as in, »
- Gem Seddon
A curious thing happened on our visit to the set of This Is the End, the directorial debut of frequent collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express, Superbad) about a group of celebrities (all playing themselves) trying to survive the apocalypse from inside James Franco’s house. A few months prior I’d done an interview with Goldberg for his excellent hockey movie Goon. When asked about how this movie’s apocalypse happens, Goldberg replied, “Exactly how most Christian people expect it to go down is how it goes down.” On set, however, there was a different answer, which is to say there was no answer. Goldberg was cagey about that question, saying, “I’m not really enlightening people as to exactly how that goes down, or...
- Peter Hall
Writer/director David Hewlett (Rage of the Yeti) has wrapped on his new sci-fi film, Debug. Starring Jeananne Goossen (The Vow), Jason Momoa (Conan the Barbarian), Adam Butcher (Wolves) and Kjartan Hewitt (Scott Pilgrim vs the World), Debug centers on a group of six hackers on work release who are tasked with debugging the AI on a massive freighter in space. The team soon finds themselves in a battle of wits against a computer program that would kill to be human. Debug is planned for an early 2014 release. Hit the jump for the full press release and synopsis. Here's the full press release with the synopsis in bold: Monday March 11, 2013: Toronto. Producer Steve Hoban of Copperheart Entertainment announced that principal photography has wrapped on Debug, a film written and directed by actor David Hewlett (Cube, Rise of the Apes, “Stargate Atlantis”,). Debug, Hewlett’s second feature film, stars Jeananne Goossen (The Vow, »
- Dave Trumbore
The Apatow gang comedy juggernaut just keeps on chugging. Over a decade after they appeared together in "Undeclared" and "Freaks and Geeks," the Rogen-Franco-Baruchel connection brings us the latest in an emerging genre – the End Of The World Comedy (see previous efforts like "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," "It’s a Disaster" and Edgar Wright's upcoming "The World's End"). "This is The End," which Seth Rogen co-wrote with "Superbad," "Pineapple Express," "Green Hornet" and "The Watch" collaborator Evan Goldberg, who also co-wrote "Goon" with Jay Baruchel, is scheduled to be in cinemas on June 14th. The gang play exaggerated versions of themselves trying to find meaning in their lives as they hide out at James Franco’s house during an escalating series of apocalyptic cataclysms. Other regulars Jonah Hill and Danny McBride will feature, as well as Rihanna, the soon to be ubiquitous Emma Watson and formerly ubiquitous Michael Cera. »
- Kieran McMahon
The apocalypse-comedy genre meets the funny-folks-playing-parodic-versions of themselves genre in new movie This is the End, which will be released June 14. Written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the film finds “Seth Rogen,” “James Franco,” “Jonah Hill,” “Danny McBride,” “Craig Robinson,” and “Jay Baruchel,” waiting out an apocalyptic event at Franco’s (fictional) house. This is the End also features a host of other self-lampooning notables, including Michael Cera, Emma Watson, and Rihanna.
- Clark Collis
These two young actors have had quite the few months. Less than six months after Newsroom star Alison Pill "accidentally" tweeted a topless photo of herself, Tropic Thunder actor Jay Baruchel took to Twitter as well to announce that the actress had called off their engagement.
"Alone again, naturally. Heartbroken," Baruchel, 30, wrote this past month before announcing his hiatus from the social networking site (the tweets appear to have since been taken down). "I won't be on twitter for a while gang. Getting dumped rules."
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According to Us, the couple broke up over the long distance. Baruchel lives in Canada, while Pill, 27, is shooting Newsroom in Los Angeles. The two got engaged in Dec. 2010 after meeting on set of the movie Goon, and were scheduled to wed in Quebec this past September but the plans fell through.
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"Unfortunately, we're two busy people who are intrinsically lazy," Baruchel explained »
Us Weekly confirms that Alison Pill, 27, and Jay Baruchel, 30, have called off their engagement and broken up. Sources told the website that the pair's long distance relationship wasn't meant to be, as Baruchel was committed to working and living in Canada, while the star of "The Newsroom" felt there were more opportunities for her elsewhere.
The "She's Out of My League" actor first not-so-subtly hinted there was trouble in paradise after he tweeted:
"Alone again, naturally. Heartbroken. I won't be on twitter for awhile gang. Getting dumped rules."
Baruchel later deleted the tweet, but kept to his word and took a few days away from the microblogging site.
The couple met on the set of the movie "Goon," and became engaged in December 2010. Baruchel announced their engagement in March 2011, after he thanked his fiancee while being honored at the Genie awards. »
- Stephanie Marcus
If you're stoked on "Stoker," you can thank "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller, who is making his screenwriting debut with the gothic Park Chan-wook affair. Miller wrote the script under a pseudonym, and the results ended up on the 2010 Black List of hot screenplays that weren't yet snagged by studios.
Wentworth, we hardly knew ye!
Miller isn't the only surprising star doing double-duty as a writer, either. He joins an impressive list of famous, Hollywood faces that wield a mean pen or, more likely, the latest version of Final Draft.
Her "Parks and Rec" alter ego Ann Perkins is "a beautiful tropical fish" and "a beautiful, rule-breaking moth," and even "a beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk ox," on occasion, according to her Bff Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler). Off-screen, Rashida Jones is proving to be a rather formidable creative force as well. She and writing partner Will McCormack penned »
- Jenni Miller
We are back again for our second live blog of the 2013 awards season and tonight it's the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards and it's sort of fun to say that tonight there is actually a reason to watch and pay attention for anyone the least bit interested in the awards race. Will Best Ensemble go to Lincoln? Argo? Silver Linings Playbook? Will it be Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) or Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) taking home Best Actress? And what about Supporting Actor? will it be Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master) or Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)? I think it's safe to assume Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) and Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) will go home winners tonight, but otherwise it's a wide open show. You can check out the full list of nominees for both movies and television right here and the results of the RopeofSilicon reader predictions here. »
- Brad Brevet
(thanks to alan of montreal) Best Motion Picture “L’Affaire Dumont” Nicole Robert “Inch’Allah” Luc Déry, Kim McCraw “Laurence Anyways” Lyse Lafontaine “Midnight’s Children” David Hamilton “Rebelle / War Witch” Pierre Even, »
- Ryan Adams
Geneviève Bujold is back: Canadian Screen Awards 2013 [See previous post: "Canadian Screen Awards: Oscar-Nominated War Witch Tops."] In addition to War Witch‘s Rachel Mwanza, the Canadian Screen Awards 2013 Best Actress nominees are Evelyne Brochu for Inch’allah, Marilyn Castonguay for L’Affaire Dumont, Suzanne Clément for Laurence Anyways, and Geneviève Bujold for Still Mine. In the Michael McGowan-directed drama based on real-life events, the veteran Bujold plays farmer James Cromwell tough-but-ailing wife whose physical frailty sets in motion the film’s plot: Cromwell’s desire to build a better, more comfortable house for Bujold pits him against government inspector Jonathan Potts. (Photo: Geneviève Bujold, James Cromwell Still Mine.) The Montreal-born Geneviève Bujold is best known for her Hollywood movies: Charles Jarrott’s Best Picture Academy Award nominee Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), which earned Bujold a Best Actress Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn; Mark Robson’s Earthquake, playing Charlton Heston »
- Andre Soares
Canadian Screen Awards 2013 nominations: War Witch rules The Genie Awards are dead, long live the Canadian Screen Awards! Well, in truth, the Genie Awards aren’t exactly dead; they’ve just been transmogrified, along with Canadian television’s Gemini Awards, into the aforementioned Canadian Screen Awards, organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. But Genie or Canadian Screen, once again a Québécois production dominates the nominations roster. (Photo: Rachel Mwanza in Kim Nguyen’s War Witch.) Kim Nguyen’s Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nominee Rebelle / War Witch, the story of a (very) young African rebel fighter, received a total of 12 Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Berlin Film Festival’s Best Actress Rachel Mwanza), Best Supporting Actor (Serge Kanyinda), and Best Original Screenplay (Nguyen). War Witch follows in the heels of recent Quebec-made Genie Award powerhouses and eventual Best Picture winners such »
- Andre Soares
2013 Globe Necessities: Predictions | Nominees Welcome to our live blog of the 2013 Golden Globe Awards where myself and Laremy Legel will be providing running commentary and up-to-the-minute winner announcements over the course of three straight hours of Golden Globe excitement. This is the seventh year in a row we have provided a live blog of the events and, as always, we're hoping to do better than the last time out. Over the course of the evening Laremy Legel from Film.com and I will be providing commentary, winners and anything else that comes to mind. I will be breaking things up on an hourly basis, providing a page break at the end of each hour to hopefully keep things manageable and in the right hand column you will notice I have placed a list of the winners, which will update live as they are announced. If you'd like to catch up »
- Brad Brevet
Toronto – Dawn of the Dead star Sarah Polley’s documentary about being the product of an adulterous relationship took home the Toronto Film Critics Association’s $100,000 best Canadian film award on Tuesday night. Polley’s Stories We Tell was earlier named by Toronto critics as the best documentary film of the year. The film about her late mother’s affair, which bowed in Venice, beat out competition from Denis Côté’s Bestiaire and Michael Dowse’s Goon. In December, the Toronto Film Critics Association named The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s cult-leader drama, as the best movie of 2012. The group additionally gave Anderson
- Etan Vlessing
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