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The Sundance Institute announced its highly anticipated premieres slate for this year's 2014 Sundance Film Festival today and it features some returning filmmakers, more big stars, a highly anticipated sequel and a Nick Offerman one-man show. While the entire festival is seen as a major acquisition hub for the movie industry, the premieres slate usually features the biggest names and films that are "expected" and, but are not always, more "commercial." Previous Premiere category films include "The Kids Are All Right," "The Runaways," "Margin Call" and "Little Miss Sunshine." Sundance directors returning to Park City this year include Lynn Shelton, Greg »
- Gregory Ellwood
Respected actor Jeremy Irons is set to co-star in the Edward R. Pressman/ Prashita Chaudhary’s Cinemorphic Entertainment Company production of The Man Who Knew Infinity, the biographic film on the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan with Dev Patel starring as the revered Indian mathematician. Irons will play G.H. Hardy, the English mathematician who plucked Ramanujan from obscurity in Edwardian India and installed him in the hallowed halls of Cambridge University.
The film will be directed by Matthew Brown, who also wrote the screenplay based on the biography The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel. Edward R. Pressman and Prashita Chaudhary of Cinemorphic are producers along with Jim Young under his Animus Films banner and Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film.
Announcing the casting, Pressman said, “I am delighted to be working with Jeremy again. Our last collaboration on Reversal of Fortune earned an Oscar for Jeremy, »
- Stacey Yount
London — Jeremy Irons is set to co-star in the Edward R. Pressman/ Cinemorphic Entertainment Company production of “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” the biopic of Srinivasa Ramanujan, with Dev Patel starring as the revered Indian mathematician.
Irons will play G.H. Hardy, the English mathematician who plucked Ramanujan from obscurity in Edwardian India and installed him in Cambridge University.
- Leo Barraclough
On Monday, “All Is Lost’s” Robert Redford won the actor prize from the New York Film Critics Circle, and he’s been the focus of most media attention for the film. But this drama is far from a one-man show. The pic was written and directed by J.C. Chandor. There is an irony that “Lost” was budgeted at $9 million but filmed in the $60 million “Titanic” tank in Baja California. Chandor salutes his crew, saying the low budget was possible only because of their ingenuity and hard work.
Cinematography: Frank De Marco, Peter Zuccharini
It was really a joint effort. The three of us were in Mexico for three months prior to shooting. We realized quickly that the movie works best in a first-person experiential way. Any time we’d get more than seven or eight feet away from Mr. Redford, we realized the movie works better when you were in the moment. »
- Tim Gray
Benaroya will produce through his Benaroya Pictures. Story centers on an MI6 agent who meets Sentinel, the code-name for his predecessor. Sentinel is managing a network of high-level Russian spies who are being killed off one by one while Russian nationalists are trying to cause war.
Dunn was an MI6 field officer who recruited and ran agents, coordinated and participated in special operations and acted in deep-cover roles throughout the world. He conducted over 70 missions before becoming a novelist.
Benaroya announced in September that his banner would finance post-apocalyptic thriller “Z for Zachariah,” shooting in January and starring Chris Pine, Amanda Seyfried and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Based on the Robert O’Brien novel, that story follows a teenage girl who lives alone on »
- Dave McNary
Good news, football fans! There’s finally going to be an inspirational film centered around the sport made just for you. All is Lost and Margin Call writer and director J.C. Chandor will take pen to paper once more to channel the tale of legendary Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, the man who led the team to five NFL championships and their first two Super Bowl titles. It seems crazy that there hasn’t been some kind of Lombardi flick yet (save for a 70′s TV movie, Legend in Granite starring Ernest Borgnine) considering his achievements in the sport. Lombardi coached the Packers from 1959-1967, accomplishing those stellar titles in those brief nine years. As head coach, he garnered a 105-35-6 record with zero losing seasons. There’s no denying that he was one of the most talented and celebrated coaches in the NFL’s history. So naturally, his »
- Samantha Wilson
Following his triumph at Cannes with "All is Lost," Robert Redford has now landed a Best Actor win from the New York Film Critics Circle. He is on his way to an expected Oscar nomination. While Redford does not like doing the usual dog-and-pony shows demanded of Oscar contenders, last fall he did attend two festivals. The Telluride Film Festival gave him a tribute, and he participated in a Q & A at the New York Film Festival (where he arrived at the press conference characteristically late). Why the relatively high profile? This year, after years of directing such films as "The Company We Keep," the star is in the running for acting awards. "Margin Call" writer-director J.C. Chandor managed to convince Redford to perform in "All is Lost," in the virtually silent solo role of an expert sailor in big trouble alone on the Indian Ocean. It's the first time »
- Anne Thompson
Oscar Isaac is to replace Javier Bardem in J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year co-starring Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain. Bardem had been announced earlier this year but has left the project due to script disagreements. Director J.C.Chandor, best known for 2011′s fast-paced drama Margin Call, explained the situation and how Isaac was awarded the part:
“It was very sad, after eight months of working on the script with Bardem, for that to fall apart. We just never could get there. As I was having these problems with Bardem, the answer was right in front of my eyes. It’s really neat because Jessica was pushing Oscar because they were classmates at Juilliard, and he literally is this character.”
Not many plot details have been given away but we do know it will centre on a Hispanic man (Isaac) who immigrates to America in the 1980′s and becomes a very successful businessman. »
- Victoria Bull
“Inside Llewyn Davis” star Oscar Isaac is in negotiations to replace Javier Bardem in J.C. Chandor’s next film “A Most Violent Year,” which also stars Jessica Chastain, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Additionally, TheWrap has exclusively learned that Chandor is courting his “Margin Call” star Stanley Tucci for a key supporting role. Isaac’s casting remains far from official, as the two sides remain far apart on a deal. Bardem exited the project several months ago due to creative differences with Chandor, who also wrote the script. Also Read: TheWrap Screening Series: How Oscar Isaac »
- Jeff Sneider and Lucas Shaw
Pompeii: The ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed after Mount Vesuvius erupted, but you better believe there was plenty of drama before that happened, and new images from Paul W.S. Anderson's Pompeii suggest the strong emotions involved. Kit Harrington and Emily Browning star as a slave and his one true love, respectively, with Kiefer Sutherland taking on the villainous role of a senator who wants to take Browning's hand in marriage. The movie explodes in theaters on February 21. [USA Today] Vince Lombardi: Even if you're not a sports fan, you may have heard of the legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, whose Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls. Now it will be up to Academy Award-nominated writer J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) to turn Lombardi's...
- Peter Martin
J.C. Chandor shot to acclaim with his underseen finance thriller Margin Call which garnered him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He is following that up with the buzzed about All Is Lost starring Robert Redford. Many claim both Chandor and Redford could be nominated for the film come Oscar time. But, Chandor is not resting on his laurels with two big projects coming up. First is the drama A Most Violent Year starring Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac. Isaac »
- Alex Maidy
There are moments while talking to Robert Redford when you can see that 1970s sex symbol peeking through from a weathered 77-year-old face – starting when he rises from a couch in a New York publicist's office, looking amazingly fit in jeans, white T-shirt and cordovan cowboy boots. Settling in for a brief interview, one's tempted to lean across the coffee table and tuck back a lock of his thick, only slightly greying, hair, just like Barbra Streisand did in The Way We Were. This smile is still straight out of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The voice as seductive as it was in All the President's Men or Three Days of the Condor.
In other words, Redford's still got it. »
- Ann Hornaday
Chandor is prepping "A Most Violent Year" which will begin production early next year.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Lombardi won five NFL titles in nine years of coaching the Packers. He has long been a part of the NFL’s image; the award given to the winner of the Super Bowl is the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Lombardi died in 1970 at the age of 57.
- Dave McNary
Nearly 4 years ago, we learned that Robert De Niro was being lined up to play iconic football coach Vince Lombardi in the Espn Films biopic titled Lombardi, to be written by Oscar winning Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth. However, there has been no updates on the state of that project since then. Now Legendary Pictures is looking to play football the same subject after spending time in the ballpark with their Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Deadline has word that Legendary has hired J.C. Chandor (writer and director of All Is Lost and Margin Call) to script a biopic on the Green Day Packers coach with an eye towards directing. As we've explained before, Lombardi is a legendary coach most know for his work with the Packers from 1959-67, winning no less than five NFL championships during his nine years with the team. He went on to accomplish a 105–35–6 record as head »
- Ethan Anderton
Filmmaker J.C. Chandor took on the recent financial crisis in his talky director debut Margin Call and then chronicled one man’s nearly dialogue-free attempt to survive on the open ocean in All Is Lost, and now he’s setting his sights on something entirely different yet again for another upcoming feature. Deadline reports that Chandor is writing with an eye to direct a film about legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, who as head coach led the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships and won the first two Super Bowls. Hit the jump for more on the project. The genre-oriented Legendary Pictures first branched out into the world of sports dramas earlier this year with 42, and it would appear that the success of that film gave them reason to move forward with the Lombardi project. Legendary CEO Thomas Tull is part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and was one »
- Adam Chitwood
Exclusive: After turning the Jackie Robinson-Branch Rickey story 42 into a hit, Legendary Pictures is now targeting Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi for a feature film. Legendary has made a deal with All Is Lost and Margin Call writer-director J.C. Chandor to write with an eye to direct a feature about the coaching legend who led Green Bay to five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowl titles. Legendary, whose principal Thomas Tull is a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a passionate pigskin fan, will produce the film with Mary Parent. She produced Pacific Rim and Godzilla for Legendary. Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser will be exec producers. Chandor, who made his feature directing debut on his Oscar-nominated script Margin Call, is once again in the awards season conversation for his follow-up All Is Lost, which stars Robert Redford as a man struggling to survive on the open seas. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
J.C. Chandor followed up the Oscar-nominated Margin Call with Robert Redford-in-peril-on-the-sea drama All Is Lost, which itself is now generating awards heat. So it’s not surprising to see that the writer-director is in demand. Now Legendary Pictures thinks he’s the man to get a biopic of American Football legend Vince Lombardi across the goal line.The company scored a decent success focusing on a famous sports personality this year with Jackie Robinson baseball pic 42. It’s hoping that Lombardi’s story could be the key to another win at the box office.Lombardi became a coaching legend after overcoming a difficult time with the New York Giants and going on to lead the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships and, even more historically, the first two Super Bowl victories in 1967 and 1968. It’s not surprising that Legendary would choose Lombardi as its next target, since »
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Robert Redford (The Sting, The Way We Were) delivers a commanding solo performance as a man who must battle the elements to survive after his boat is wrecked in the open seas in the 2013 action-adventure drama All Is Lost.
After a collision with a shipping container at sea, the resourceful man behind the wheel of the a small sailboat must battle for survival. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face.
Legendary Pictures is planning to develop a biopic of Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi and have, according to Deadline , set Margin Call and All is Lost helmer J.C. Chandor to write with tentative plans to have him direct as well. Lombardi first became an NFL head coach in 1959 and famously took the Packers from their place at the bottom of the league through to being five-time NFL champions. Another Lombardi biopic, tentatively titled Lombardi , was announced in 2010. That film, which features a script by Eric Roth, is still in development with Robert De Niro attached to play the coach. Mary Parent and Thomas Tull are attached to produce with Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo on board as executive producers. »
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