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Like the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama League does not distinguish between Broadway and off-Broadway when doling out honors. However, with so many shows and performers included in Wednesday's nominations, chances are they cover most of the contenders for the upcoming Tony Awards. Indeed, four of the League's eight new play nominees -- "All the Way," "Casa Valentina," "Mothers and Sons" and "The Realistic Joneses" -- are frontrunners at the Tony Awards. (Predict the Best Play race at the Tonys at the bottom of this post using our easy drag-and-drop menu.) -Break- Last year, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" won her before prevailing at the Tonys. In 2012, "Other Desert Cities" triumphed here but was bested by "Clybourne Park" at the Tonys. And in 2011, "War Horse" took both prizes. Make your predictions for Tony Awards -- click »
While it probably won’t come as a surprise, Syfy announced that Face Off will be back for a seventh season that will kick off in July. Here’s a look at the official press release that also reveals that a new judge will be joining the special effects make-up competition:
“After a bold and extreme season of competition, three artists remain in the fight for the title of season 6 Face Off champion – George Schminky of Walnut Creek, CA by way of Puerto Rico; Rashaad Santiago of Bronx, NY; and Tyler Green of Litchfield, Ct. For their final challenge, they will each create a pair of rival alien races, all of whom will be performing in an electrifying dance performance for world famous music producer and DJ, Rusko. The season 6 finale episode of Face Off airs Tuesday, April 22 at 9Pm Et/Pt on Syfy.
Syfy also confirms that the critically-acclaimed »
- Jonathan James
It may come as a surprise to some that, a full year after his phenomenal biopic Lincoln landed in theaters, legendary director Steven Spielberg still hasn’t locked down his next big screen venture. At this point in his career, the prolific helmer (behind such classics as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, in addition to many more) can certainly afford to be choosy with his projects, but such a long gap is unusual for Spielberg. Now, it appears he’s added another buzzy possibility to the already huge list of films he has expressed interest in: a historical drama titled The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.
Based on David Kertzer’s book of the same name, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara will tell the story of a young Jewish boy who, in 1858, is taken from his family by officers of the Inquisition. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Dreamworks has partnered with The Weinstein Co. to adapt the David Kertzer novel The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara as a religious period drama. Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner, who worked on Lincoln and Munich together, are looking to reteam for the film. Photos: The Making of Steven Spielberg's 'War Horse' Kushner was brought onboard to adapt the project back in 2008, but switched his focus to Lincoln when Spielberg decided to make the Oscar-nominated film his next project. This project is being made with Spielberg in mind to direct, but it's not likely to be his next project.
- Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit
• Fantastic Four’s Michael B. Jordan has signed on to star in Twentieth Century Fox’s Men Who Kill. Specific details for the film are being kept tightly under wraps, but the upcoming project is being described as a “CIA thriller.” [Deadline]
• Star Trek’s Chris Pine is in talks to star in Disney’s upcoming period drama The Finest Hours. Directed by Million Dollar Arm’s Craig Gillespie, the upcoming drama is based on the true story of how two oil tankers and their crews got caught in the middle of a Nor’easter storm that hit the New England »
- Pamela Gocobachi
A Studio Ghibli season at the BFI has highlighted the very best of Japanese animation. We can define the cuddly Totoro or fantastical world of Princess Mononoke as what Studio Ghibli stands for – but Grave of the Fireflies proves otherwise. In fact, Isao Takahata’s 1988 film(released alongside My Neighbour Totoro) is a sobering, heart-breaking tale of those final years in Japan at the end of World War II, told through the eyes of two children, Seita and Setsuko. Grave of the Fireflies may be one of the most impressive, and surely ground-breaking, animations from the studio and challenges Disney – and western animators – to make such mature, intelligent and brutal films for a young audience.
Based on a novel by Akiyuki Nosaka, it is semi-autobiographical as he himself survived the fire-bombings of Japan while his sister died of malnutrition. »
- Simon Columb
Roland Emmerich is known for helming such massive Hollywood movies as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. But for his follow-up to the box office dud that was White House Down, Emmerich is scaling back to tell a true and transgressive story from American history. Yahoo reports Emmerich is working on Stonewall, a docudrama about the June 28, 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, which proved a starting point for the gay rights movement. While the equality movement is still a hot button issue in the U.S., English actor Jeremy Irvine isn't afraid to take it on, and as such has become the first actor to sign on to Stonewall, which will be penned by Brothers and Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz. Irvine is best known for his film debut as Albert Narracott, the young soldier at the center of Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated drama War Horse. »
Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky and based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax, the man behind the nickname of the title character, The Railway Man is yet another traditionally told period piece, elevated due to a wonderfully effective story and strong lead performances from Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine. We're first introduced to Lomax (Firth) as a middle-aged British Army veteran of World War II. He's obviously a quiet man, but there are no visible physical or emotional scars, and for the time being his life is about to take a turn for the better. A chance meeting with a woman, Patti (Nicole Kidman), aboard a train results in love at first sight. The two eventually marry and find a house together, but the horrors of war can't elude him forever. It's never quite clear if Eric told Patti about his time in the British Army, but she's soon made well »
- Brad Brevet
"War Horse" star Jeremy Irvine has scored the lead role in Roland Emmerich's "Stonewall". The story chronicles the events around the 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. The resulting clashes sparked a massive push in the gay rights movement around the world.
Irvine will play a young man whose political awakening forms our conduit into these groundbreaking events. Filming begins later this year. [Source: The Guardian]
The Septembers Of Shiraz
Adrien Brody is set to join Salma Hayek and Shoreh Aghdashloo in Wayne Blair's thriller "The Septembers Of Shiraz" for Millennium Films. Based on the Dalia Sofer best-seller, filming begins June 9th in Bulgaria and Israel.
The true story tale follows a secular Jewish family caught in the Islamic revolution in Iran, and their journey to overcome and ultimately escape from the deadly tyranny that swept their country and threatened to extinguish their lives. »
- Garth Franklin
Jeremy Irvine - video interview
The historical drama, titled Stonewall, is a passion project for Roland Emmerich, the film-maker behind big-budget apocalyptic action movies such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Emmerich, who is gay, will tell the story of the 1969 riots at Stonewall Inn, in New York City's Greenwich Village, a mafia-owned bar popular with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The story will be told through the prism of one young man's political awakening, reports Deadline. The screenplay is by Jon Robin Baitz.
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- Ben Child
Scripted by Jon Robin Baitz, the film is based on a true story which explores the 1969 police raid on New York’s Stonewall Hotel, specifically targeting its sizable gay and transgender crowd. Irvine’s character is that of a young man discovering himself against the backdrop of the raid and the ensuing civil rights movement.
Emmerich is also working on the sequel to Independence Day, but he’s not taking a break from either project. The epic director plans to shoot Stonewall while in pre-production for the sequel to Independence Day, which is set to hit theaters July 1, 2016.
- Laura Frances
Roland Emmerich will direct Jeremy Irvine in "Stonewall"Roland Emmerich is a size queen. I had the world's shortest interview with him while he was promoting Anonymous, a rare trip away from the ginormous epic blockbuster spectacles he prefers to make. But that was, in its own peculiar academic-enraging way, also supersized with CGI and a lusty embrace of conspiracy theories. In fact he ended our interview defending the size of his pictures.
It has to be big or I don't like it."
My mind raced back to that interview today when the news broke that Emmerich plans to make a drama about the Stonewall riots which poured gasoline on the then tiny embers of the gay rights movement. He'll film Stonewall before embarking on the long gestating Independence Day sequels. Young beauty Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, The Railway Man) has the lead role as a man who has a »
- NATHANIEL R
“War Horse” star Jeremy Irvine has landed the lead role in Roland Emmerich's intimate indie “Stonewall,” which chronicles the gay rights movement, an individual familiar with the project told TheWrap. Story concerns the June 1969 police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, which was a popular hangout for gays and transgender New Yorkers. The incident, which led to politicized riots, has a historic place amongst the history of the gay rights movement. Also read: Michael B. Jordan Eyed to Star in ‘Independence Day’ Sequel (Exclusive) Irvine will play Danny Winters, a Pennsylvania native who is cast out of his town and. »
- Jeff Sneider
• Brie Larson (Short Term 12) is set to star as Ma in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s 2010 best-seller Room about a kidnapped woman living in captivity with her 5-year-old son. Donohue wrote the script for director Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Frank). Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the book an A- and wrote: “Though the story’s chilling circumstances reflect the horrors endured by tabloid-famous abductees, Donoghue avoids all sensationalism. Instead, she gracefully distills what it means to be a mother — and what it’s like for a child whose entire world measures just 11 x 11.” [Deadline]
• Matt Damon is being eyed to star in The Martian, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Jeremy Irvine is a British actor who always seems to be on the cusp of breaking out internationally, but doesn’t quite manage to do so. The actor snagged the male lead in the big-screen version of War Horse and a 2012 adaptation of Great Expectations, and is drawing rave reviews for a supporting role in this April’s The Railway Man, also starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Thankfully, his anonymity could soon change, as Irvine is now joining the cast of Stonewall, a new film from Independence Day director Roland Emmerich.
Although Emmerich’s career is most synonymous with laying the world to apocalyptic destruction (2012, The Day After Tomorrow), the director has also made historical dramas like The Patriot and Anonymous. Stonewall will be a passion project for Emmerich, who is openly gay and an activist for Lgbt rights.
The title pays reference to the Stonewall Inn, a gay »
- Jordan Adler
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The plot is based on the true story of the June 28, 1969 raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, New York, a mafia-owned establishment that was a gathering place of homosexuals and transgenders of that area. The raid set off a violent series of riots and demonstrations and became a touchstone for the gay rights movement that is recognized still to this day. The plot centers on a young man (Jeremy Irvine) who must come to terms with his own political ideals in the face of this event.
Jon Robin Baitz (People I Know) wrote the screenplay, with Roland Emmerich producing alongside Michael Fossatt and Marc Frydman. Kirstin Winkler and Adam Press are serving as executive producers. Roland Emmerich plans to shoot Stonewall while continuing to prep for his highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel Independence Day »
An array of casting news has filtered down today, so let's just get to it. First up, Brie Larson has signed up to star in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue's critically acclaimed, best-selling novel "Room." Lenny Abrahamson, who broke out with "What Richard Did" and has the already hotly buzzed "Frank" on the way, will direct this one about "a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her 5-year-old son Jack (he told us about it in a recent interview too). To the boy, Room is the only home he’s ever known." It'll be interesting to see how this takes shape as a film, given that the book is told from the child's point of view. But so far, the talent attached has us hopeful. [Deadline] Roland Emmerich has decided on his next movie, and it will have explosions, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Though filmmaker Roland Emmerich still has the big budget sequel Independence Day 2 on his docket, he’ll first tackle something on a slightly smaller scale. Deadline reports that the 2012 and The Day After Tomorrow director will next helm the gay rights drama Stonewall, which revolves around the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Hotel in Greenwich Village, a famous gathering place for gays and transgenders. The event ignited the fight against homosexual oppression during a turbulent time in our nation’s history, and this film has been a passion project of Emmerich’s for some time. Hit the jump for more on Stonewall, including who will be taking on the lead role. Per Deadline, Emmerich has cast War Horse star Jeremy Irvine to lead the pic as a young man who experiences a political awakening in the backdrop of the riots. Irvine did a fine job in Steven Spielberg’s Wwi drama, »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive: War Horse star Jeremy Irvine has been set to star in Stonewall, the next film that Roland Emmerich will direct. Scripted by Jon Robin Baitz, the film is about the June 28, 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, a mafia-owned bar that was a gathering place for gays and transgenders. It became the flashpoint for the gay rights movement, a galvanizing event that is considered a touchstone even today in the fight for equal rights for the gay and transgender population. Emmerich’s way in is to focus on a young man’s political awakening in the backdrop of those riots. The film is being produced by Michael Fossat, Marc Frydman and Emmerich, with Kirstin Winkler and Adam Press exec producing. Carsten Lorenz is line producer and Markus Förderer the cinematographer. After his breakout turn in the Steven Spielberg-directed War Horse, Irvine has been busy. He »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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