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• 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and The Avengers’s Scarlett Johansson are both in talks to lend their voices to Disney’s upcoming live-action/CG adaption of The Jungle Book. Nyong’o is currently in talks to play Rakcha, the mother wolf who adopts Mowgli, while Johansson is in early negotiations to lend her voice to the character of Kaa, a python who eats its victims by hypnotizing them. Iron Man’s Jon Favreau is set to direct the film based on the classic novel by Rudyard Kipling which will also star Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom »
- Pamela Gocobachi
Kevin Pollak (“Usual Suspects,” “Casino”), John de Lancie (“Gamer”) and Vinnie Jones (“Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels”) are among the ensemble cast of Ag Studios’ soon-to-shoot comedy “Mind Puppets,” which also includes Esme Bianco (“Game of Thrones), Dan Franzese (“I Spit on Your Grave”), Bill Brochtrup (“NYPD Blue”) and Jack Axelrod (“J. Edgar”).
The feature film debut of Juan Curi, who has almost 20 years experience of writing and helming high-end commercials, “Mind Puppets” will go into production at the end of the month, via Itaca Films New Orleans.
Curi and casting director Rick Pagano have still to cast a few roles.
Producer Alex Garcia said: “This will be one of the most hilarious comedies I have made, and I »
- John Hopewell
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The last time we saw Leonardo DiCaprio in a Danny Boyle movie, he was in an internet cafe checking his email. That wouldn’t be such a striking image in most movies, but it is in The Beach, a feature released in 2000 in which the actor spends most of the running time in a secret, self-sustaining Southeast Asia island utopia. And now it’s an interesting place for the actor and director to have left off because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, their »
- Christopher Campbell
Sony is moving quickly to get the ball rolling on their Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs biopic, now that David Fincher has dropped out due to the studio refusing to give him enough money or creative control. Fincher would have been the perfect choice for a film like this, and it would have been great to see him re-team with Sorkin. Thankfully though, Sony has set their sights on a suitable replacement: Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle.
THR reports that the Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours helmer is currently in talks to step behind the camera, and that he may have already approached Leonardo DiCaprio to star. If the A-lister signs on, it would be something of a reunion for the two, as they previously worked together on The Beach.
Boyle is a fantastic director, and could easily make a compelling film about one of the most iconic and influential tech figures of all time, »
- James Garcia
Well, that didn’t take long. It was announced a short while ago that David Fincher had walked away from his planned biopic on Steve Jobs, over issues of money and control, and it now looks like Sony Pictures is set to rebound fairly nicely. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story today that Danny Boyle- the director behind such films as Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 127 Hours, and 28 Days Later- is in talks to take over the project. That’s not all. While Fincher had been eyeing Christian Bale for the title role, Boyle is said to have approached Leonardo DiCaprio.
You may recall that there was all ready an attempt to capitalize on the visionary tech giant, which starred Ashton Kutcher and was directed by Joshua Michael Stern. But jOBS was a swing and a miss. The film flopped at the box office, and was savaged by critics. But if »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
From Tommy Lee Jones directing himself and The Swank we turn to another far more accomplished actor-turned-director. Clint Eastwood has won four Oscars in his career from two films (Unforgiven & Million Dollar Baby) but the 83 year old director has had a bit of a rougher run than usual in recent years, critically speaking. He's back with Jersey Boys based on the Broadway jukebox hit about the Four Seasons.
Let's divvy up our reactions to the trailer.
• There will be a lot of music
• Counterprogramming in the blockbuster realm of summer movies could help with critical reception so that's a smart move.
• Newish handsome actors in plum star-making position (if the movie is good and they ace it)
- NATHANIEL R
The first trailer for director Clint Eastwood's hotly anticipated "Jersey Boys," adapted from the celebrated musical about iconic '60s rock group The Four Seasons, has landed. Like the smash jukebox musical written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice -- who also wrote the film's screenplay, alongside cowriter John Logan -- Eastwood's film revolves around the rise and fall of the band led by Frankie Valli, whose entanglements in the mafia and rough-and-tumble days on the streets of New Jersey came to define, and complicate, their image. After a long casting process, stage actor John Lloyd Young finally got to reprise his role as Valli, who he also played when the musical opened on Broadway in 2005. Christopher Walken costars. This is 83-year-old Eastwood's first film as a director since 2011's divisive biopic "J. Edgar"; it's produced by Graham King's Gk Films. And it's director Eastwood's first musical (he »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
The iconic Clint Eastwood turns 84 years old this year, and while he has largely retired as an actor – last seen in front of the camera in 2012′s Trouble with the Curve, the feature debut of his longtime first assistant director Robert Lorenz – as a director he has shown no signs of slowing down.
In the decade since the Best Picture Oscar-winning Million Dollar Baby, Eastwood’s diverse (and sometimes uneven) output included two great World War II films (Flags of our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima), a massive blockbuster hit with Gran Torino (over $269 million worldwide) and Invictus, which starred Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela.
The director’s first film since 2011′s biopic J. Edgar is an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys, which follows the story of the legendary pop group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Watch the first ...
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- Anthony Vieira
Clint Eastwood's output as of late has been pretty uneven: for every triumph ("Letters from Iwo Jima"), there's a major disappointment ("J. Edgar") or outright dud ("Hereafter"). When given great material, though, Eastwood can really make it shine, and there's some potential in his adaptation of the hit musical "Jersey Boys," which just released its first trailer. Eastwood's first musical as a director (following his aborted attempt to remake "A Star is Born" with Beyonce), "Jersey Boys" tells the story of the Four Seasons (later known as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons) as they went from rags to riches, and as their personal troubles became greater, including debts, mob involvement, strained friendships, and Valli's relationship with his troubled daughter. The pedigree here is huge: the jukebox musical won three Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actor for John Lloyd Young (who reprises his role as Valli here »
- Max O'Connell
Clint Eastwood has hit a bit of a rough patch in his directing career. Since getting his last Oscar nomination in 2007, his work has ranged from the underwhelming (Changeling, Gran Torino, Invictus) to downright bad (Hereafter, J. Edgar). Given the the star's status as a Hollywood icon, one truly hopes that he can turn things around before he is ready to retire, and today we get our first look at his latest effort. Apple has debuted the premiere trailer for Eastwood's upcoming musical Jersey Boys, and you can watch it embedded above. Based on the true story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and starring John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, and Christopher Walken, Jersey Boys is an adaptation of the Broadway play of the same name. The story begins in 1960s New Jersey and follows the various members of the rock group as they came together »
The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed political drama, House of Cards: The Complete Second Season, produced by Media Rights Capital, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The series returns with two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, Best Actor in a Leading Role, 1999; The Usual Suspects, Best Actor in a Supporting Role; 1995) as the newly appointed Vice President of the United States, along with Robin Wright, this year's Golden Globe winner for her role as his wife, Claire Underwood (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama). This series continues to sizzle with intensity as the ruthless Underwoods stop at nothing to climb the political food chain.
All 13 episodes will be available on the four-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets for House of Cards: The Complete Second Season with stunning collectible packaging on both releases, along with five bonus featurettes. »
Now, before I turn this into a proper town hall meeting about Leonardo DiCaprio's dance moves at Coachella, a disclaimer: We can't 100% confirm this is Leo since his back is turned in the footage, but we do have a lot of photographic evidence that he attended Coachella, wore the polo shirt and board shorts you see here, and covered his face with that inventive wrap technique usually reserved for Blanket Jackson. So in other words: It's almost certainly, nearly definitely Leonardo DiCaprio, star of J. Edgar and Marvin's Room. Watch the above video. Experience Leo's dancing. Also experience his lunging, punching, thugging, and thrusting. Guys, wow. What. What is he doing here. What is he achieving. How did this. What is. Who? What. A who-what now. Stop. How. Go. He begins with traditional Caucasian bopping. I'm on board. But not for board shorts. That's not what I said. I'm just on board. »
- Louis Virtel
Justin Chang: Scott, I know it will come as little surprise to you that when Peter Debruge and I sat down to discuss this year’s Oscar nominees for best supporting actor and supporting actress, we spent almost as much time talking about the performances that should have been nominated as we did talking about the ones that actually were. This is hardly a new ax for any critic to grind, but it bears repeating: Those who vote on the Academy Awards are largely in the business of making movies — not seeing them, thinking about them and writing about them week in and week out. No wonder this organization’s choices often strike us as so pedestrian and provincial, less engaged by the boundary-expanding possibilities of cinema than beholden to the power of hometown hype.
See Also: Oscars Picks: Variety Critics on Who Should Win Best Supporting Actor »
- Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
Hollywood's going to make Adam Driver happen. It's not a question of "if," but just a question of "when." Variety reports today that Driver is in talks to join "Star Wars: Episode VII," and they suggest that his character will be a major villain in the film. Driver was one of the names in the mix to play Lex Luthor for "Man Of Steel 2," which ran contrary to earlier reporting that he was being considered as Nightwing, and it looks like he's being viewed as a candidate for bad guy roles in a number of these big movies right now. I certainly think he has the right charisma to make a character like that interesting, but I hope that's not the only way Hollywood sees him. He's more interesting than that. It's always interesting to see how Hollywood tries to figure out an actor once they've made that first big splash. »
- Drew McWeeny
With filming set to begin in April, Disney has made its first casting revelation for Star Wars: Episode VII. According to Variety, Girls star Adam Driver is in final talks to play the villain role that will be in the vein of the franchise's iconic villain, Darth Vader. Disney was also rumored to have been looking at Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving for villain roles. Though he currently stars on HBO's Girls, the 30-year-old Driver has been busy on the big screen as well. His recent credits include Lincoln, Inside Llewyn Davis, Frances Ha and J. Edgar. He also has a number of films currently in production that will be released over the next two years. Star Wars: Episode VII will begin filming in London and more casting announcements are likely in the coming...
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"Girls" star Adam Driver has done the auteur thing—Clint Eastwood ("J. Edgar"), Noah Baumbach ("Frances Ha"), Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln"), Coen Brothers ("Inside Llewyn Davis") and soon Martin Scorsese in "Silence"—but now's getting his blockbuster shoes on, joining the biggest damn franchise in the planet galaxy. Variety reports that the actor has bagged the villain role in J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode 7." Since he is the first actor to be officially signed on to the sequel, naturally, plot details are being kept under wraps, though he is said to be playing a character in the vein of Darth Vader (though let's hope he's not related to him in some way). Michael Fassbender and Hugo Weaving were also named as contenders for the part, but for whatever reason, they did not nab the role. Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams have penned the script, taking over from Michael Arndt last fall, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If Oscars were given out for consistent box office performance (there's already a prize for that and it's called "money") Julia Roberts would have won her Oscar in the 1990s when everything she churned out was a $100 million slam dunk and Leonardo DiCaprio would have followed suit right about now for a long run of the same incredible trick. Most of Julia's big triumphs were in the popular thriller or romantic comedy genres but Leo seems to be a special case making practically anything (save the dimly lit dim of wit J. Edgar) into a $100 million grosser whether it's a foul-mouthed 3 hour comedy, a mixed review prestigious literary adaptation, or any other genre really. He might be the only mega star who is worth his full asking price given that his marketability doesn't seem to be tied to anything but his beloved creased-brow face.
Julia and Leo both, who received »
- NATHANIEL R
In decades of tracking the Academy Awards, I honestly can’t recall any category, in any year, when a race was as fiercely, thrillingly white-hot competitive as this year’s Best Actor race. Just think about it: Not one, not two, not three, but four of the nominees each stands a very real chance of winning. Consider each scenario, and you’ll realize it’s true. When Jennifer Lawrence gets up to present the Best Actor award and tears open that envelope, if she ends up saying, “And the Oscar goes to…Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave,” it will not be a shock, »
- Owen Gleiberman
By Michael Russnow As Oscar voters continue to mark their ballots until this Wednesday, I wonder what goes into their thinking? Do they vote specifically for what they believe is the best achievement of last year, a surprising performance and accomplishment or is it a cumulative assessment of someone’s career? For all these reasons, and not just one, I’m going against the grain of what appears to be the general consensus and strongly suggest that Leonardo DiCaprio deserves the Oscar this year for The Wolf of Wall Street, even more than favorite Matthew McConaughey. This doesn’t in any way diminish McConaughey’s performance in Dallas Buyers Club. It was terrific, and the subject matter of the film made it that much more compelling. However, DiCaprio’s execution, in my view, was even more powerful, in particular as it was a totally different characterization and portrayal than we »
Longtime Warner Bros. exec Sarah Schechter has exited her post and joined Berlanti Productions, the prolific Warners-based film and TV banner run by writer-producer Greg Berlanti. Schechter was a highly respected senior production vp who is known for working with Clint Eastwood, working with the esteemed filmmaker on films such as Invictus and J. Edgar. Most recently, she had been shepherding the studio’s Peter Pan tentpole titled Pan, which Berlanti is producing. Story: Warner Bros. Promotes Ana de Castro to Senior VP, Deputy General Counsel At her new gig, she will head both the film and television divisions as
- Borys Kit
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