6 items from 2014
It looks like Christina Hendricks is dealing with her departure from Sterling Cooper & Partners by hitting the road. According to multiple sources, the Mad Men actress has joined the main cast of Roadies, a music-centric comedy created, written and to be directed by Jerry Maguire helmer Cameron Crowe for premium cable network Showtime.
Roadies follows the day-to-day life of individuals involved in a massively successful rock tour, as seen through the eyes of music’s unsung heroes – the crew members who make each show happen. Hendricks will take on the meaty role of Shelli, the band’s production manager, who is ““ingenious, tough, but privately emotional, married to her job… and scary-good at it.”
Luke Wilson, Imogen Poots, Rafe Spall, Peter Cambor and Keisha Castle-Hughes are also on board the ensemble series in main roles, but Hendricks’ involvement just makes us more excited for what’s sure to be a »
- Isaac Feldberg
She’s arguably one of the most underrated actresses in recent history, within the ballpark of greatness during the Nineties for The Last Of The Mohicans and Twelve Monkeys. Then Madeleine Stowe faded away a bit and Hollywood lost a strong female presence. She returned to prominence as the apex of small screen bitchiness for Revenge, but I for one couldn’t help wondering if a bigger project was going to come along more worthy of her talents.
With The Runner this could well be her time to shine. Co-starring Nicolas Cage as a love rat congressman, Stowe plays the wife who turns a blind eye to his deceptions with the other firmly on the glory of elected office. Sounds like a case of “been there, done that”, but when the setting involves the Bp oil spill that wrecked the Gulf Coast in 2010 my appetite is whetted, or at least slathered in black gunk. »
- Steve Palace
A few casting notices: Daniel Radcliffe is attached to star in You Shall Know Our Velocity, director Peter Sollett's (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist) adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel. Nicolas Cage will star in the contemporary political drama The Runner, the feature directorial debut of Austin Stark (Detachment). Djimon Hounsou and Alexis Knapp are attached to star in the action/adventure One, written and directed by Murali Thalluri (2:37). See the press releases after the jump for more details on each project. You Shall Know Our Velocity Daniel Radcliffe Attached To Star In Process And Benaroya Pictures’ ‘You Shall Know Our Velocity’ To Be Directed By Peter Sollett And Based On Dave Eggers’ Best-selling Novel International Film Trust To Handle Foreign Rights Cannes May 17 2014 – Daniel Radcliffe (Kill Your Darlings, Harry Potter film series) is attached to star in Peter Sollett’s (Nick And Norah's Infinite Playlist) comedy You »
- Brendan Bettinger
Having long been making waves on the festival circuit as producer of such well-received titles as Detachment (starring Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks and Marcia Gay Harden) and Happythankyoumoreplease (which won the 2010 Audience Award at Sundance), Stark has thus far been directing short films himself – namely Killing Pedro Rivera, and Love/Death/Cobain. However, as his latest film as producer – Infinitely Polar Bear – is readied for release, Stark is now taking the helm, armed with a script that he wrote himself, and a history of producing fascinating films.
- Sarah Myles
• Will Ferrell (The Lego Movie) will play a guy who works in insurance and finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy to steal England’s Crown Jewels in The Yank. No director has been attached to the film, written by Steve Pink (High Fidelity) and John Morris (Hot Tub Time Machine). [Deadline]
• Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) is the 10,000th person rumored for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Per usual, no character was revealed but with principal photography approaching at light speed, it seems like we might be soon getting a look at the new population of that far, »
- Jake Perlman
When Adrien Brody became the youngest winner of the best actor Oscar in 2003 for his role in Roman Polanski's The Pianist, he was the toast of the film world. With a cameo role in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, he talks about how the accolade has shaped his career
The night after Adrien Brody won the Oscar for best actor in March 2003, he went to a restaurant and the entire room stood up and applauded. Eleven years later, he makes a far more low-key entrance at the fancy Bondi Beach restaurant Icebergs – no PR, no entourage, wearing flip-flops, and slightly miffed that I dropped his name in order to get a table. "I would never have done that," he frowns.
- Alex Needham
6 items from 2014
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