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Thn arrived in Berlin earlier today for this year’s Berlinale, the 66th Berlin Film Festival. The festival opened earlier this evening with George Clooney, Channing Tatum and co. walking the red carpet in front of the Berlinale Palast for the premiere of Hail Caesar, the Coen brothers flick that opened the show.
As things kick off on the red carpet, news starts to filter down from the various deals being dealt behind-the-scenes. According to Deadline, Armie Hammer and Dev Patel are being lined up to star in Hotel Mumbai, an Indian-set siege flick which will be set around the 2008 terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in India.
Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland), Teresa Palmer (Triple 9) and Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory). Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook) are also lined up to star in the movie, which is set to start production »
- Paul Heath
Actors Armie Hammer and Dev Patel are in negotiations to join Hotel Mumbai, a drama film centering around the 2008 terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai. The screenplay, written by John Collee and Anthony Maras, was inspired by the documentary Surviving Mumbai, which told the story of the 68 hours in which hundreds of people were held hostage by armed Pakistani militants amidst the destruction of the hotel.
Also in negotiations are Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Teresa Palmer (The Choice), and Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland). Hotel Mumbai is set to go into production this August in India and Australia, with Anthony Maras set to direct the project.
Interestingly, a separate group of studios — StudioCanal and Kudos Film and TV — are creating a feature centering around the Mumbai attacks as well. That film will be adapted from “The Siege »
- Mitchel Broussard
Though it may have wrapped production in mid-2014, Susanna White’s espionage thriller Our Kind of Traitor has struggled to make some headway in its would-be path to the silver screen. Fast forward to now, and with a UK release date penciled in for early May, we’ve arrived at the film’s intense first trailer.
Lifted from John le Carré’s titular novel, White’s adaptation has enlisted a starry cast to bring le Carré’s work to life. Headlining the ensemble as Perry and Gail are Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris, a quiet and unassuming English couple who are pulled into an international crime caper upon meeting with Stellan Skarsgård’s charming stranger.
But in the world of le Carré’s fiction, charming strangers are best kept at arm’s length, with the debut Our Kind of Traitor revealing Skarsgård’s character as the master puppeteer behind the Russian mob. »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Dev Patel and Armie Hammer are in negotiations to star in Hotel Mumbai, about the 2008 terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai. Also in negotiations for the film, which is set to go into production in August in India and Australia, are Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland), Teresa Palmer (Triple 9) and Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory). Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) and Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook) also have held early talks with the… »
“Cloud Atlas” might have been an ambitious folly, but if there’s one person who probably enjoyed the experience, it’s Tom Hanks. While the film is largely credited to the Wachowski siblings, one has to remember it was actually co-directed by German filmmaker Tom Tykwer, known for “Run Lola Run,” and it was said the Wachowskis handled the more fantastical elements of the film with Tykwer helming the more realistic sections. Either way, what did Hanks pretty much do straight after ‘Atlas’? Sign up for Tom Tykwer’s next project, “A Hologram For The King,” and it’s a bit of a change of pace. It’s a German-American-produced comedy drama based on the 2012 novel of the same name written by Dave Eggers. The film stars Hanks, Tom Skerritt and Sarita Choudhury from “Homeland” and the dramedy tells the story of a washed-up, desperate American salesman who travels to »
- Edward Davis
Shot back in mid-2014, we’ve been waiting for the latest John le Carré adaptation for some time, and now we finally have news on when at least some audiences can see Our Kind of Traitor. Led by Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Damian Lewis and Naomie Harris, it’ll hit U.K. theaters on May 6th and today brings the first trailer.
Directed by Susanna White (Boardwalk Empire, Generation Kill) and adapted by Hossein Amini (The Two Faces of January, Drive), it follows a couple drawn into a dangerous game of international espionage, caught between a money-launder, the Russian mafia, the British government, and a ruthless MI6 agent. After A Most Wanted Man was well-received, hopefully this follows it up strongly. Check out the trailer, synopsis, and batch of images below.
- Jordan Raup
Ryan Reynolds‘ antihero in “Deadpool” isn’t the only character in the new film who kills comic book stereotypes: Morena Baccarin‘s Vanessa is a prostitute, strip-club waitress, and different kind of subversive hero. Women have come a long way in Marvel films, from the early days of Kirsten Dunst‘s distressed starlet Mary Jane in “Spider-Man” to Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Stark Industries CEO Pepper Potts in the “Iron Man” franchise. Baccarin, star of “Gotham” and earlier seasons of “Homeland,” is Deadpool’s partner in a surprisingly tender love story, playing a sex worker who isn’t a broken woman. »
- Matt Donnelly
With R-rated Marvel comic movie "Deadpool," Ryan Reynolds has finally found the Hollywood role that has thus far eluded him. He was raw and real in the well-reviewed solo drama "Buried." And you can see glimpses of his comic talent opposite Sandra Bullock in the hit romantic comedy "The Proposal," Jeff Daniels in "Paper Man," and Ben Mendelsohn in last year's "Mississippi Grind." After several attempts at scaling a comic book movie in Marvel's' "Blade: Trinity" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and DC's horrific "Green Lantern," Reynolds has landed a winner at last. With a raucous witty script by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick ("Zombieland"), Reynolds comes into his own as strange and sarcastic post-military mercenary Wade Wilson, who meets and falls in love with his match ("Homeland" star Morena Baccarin) before joining up with the wrong group of »
- Anne Thompson
For the second year in a row (and the first time they’ve ever handed out back-to-back awards), the Directors Guild of America has honoured Alejandro G. Inarritu with the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards, with Inarittu collecting Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Revenant.
Inarritu won the DGA Award last year for Birdman, and went on to collect the Best Director award at the Oscars. Should he repeat the feat this year with The Revenant, he’d become only the third director in history to win back-to-back Best Director Academy Awards after John Ford and Joseph Mankiewicz.
And, should The Revenant also win Best Picture, it would be the first time a director has ever won back-to-back Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture.
Here’s the full list of winners from last night:
- Gary Collinson
The beautiful Claire Danes is currently starring as Carrie Mathison and just finished her 5th season of the Showtime drama Homeland. We all know that she is extremely talented and has received numerous accolades for her work. Here are some little known facts about the woman who first won our hearts over as Angela Chase on My So Called Life. You might be surprised at some of the facts that we’ve found on the actress. Pretty awesome stuff. Read on! 1. In 1998, Danes attended the prestigious Yale University to study psychology. She took courses for two years but never
12 Things You Didn’t Know about Claire Danes »
- Tim Gerstenberger
Gold Derby was on the red carpet at Saturday's Directors Guild Awards as top film and TV nominees and winners did interviews. We have eight exclusive chats with such people as directors Tom McCarthy ("Spotlight"), Adam McKay ("The Big Short"), and Laszlo Nemes ("Son of Saul") plus presenters Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") and Kathy Griffin. -Break- Related: Complete list of 2016 Directors Guild winners and nominees Click each gold link to watch the fun chats: Jon Favreau, director of "Iron Man" and awards presenter Lesli Linka Glatter, director of "Homeland" Kathy Griffin, comedienne and awards presenter Marielle Heller, director of "Diary of a Teenage Girl" Tom McCarthy, director and writer of "Spotlight" Adam McKay, director and writer of "The Big Short" Laszlo Nemes, director of "Son of Saul" Dee Rees, director of "Bessie" ...' »
At this point, a movie studio would have to torch its headquarters, donate its merchandising revenues to charity, and produce a seven-hour art film performed in Ukrainian sign language to do something that truly qualified as a subversive gesture. Until then, viewers should gladly submit to the gleefully self-skewering pleasures of “Deadpool,” a scabrously funny big-screen showcase for the snarkiest of Marvel’s comic-book creations — a disfigured and disreputable mercenary who likes to crack wise, bust heads and generally lay waste to the idea that he’s anyone’s hero. As a vehicle for the impudent comic stylings of Ryan Reynolds, this cheerfully demented origin story is many, many cuts above “Green Lantern,” and as a sly demolition job on the superhero movie, it sure as hell beats “Kick-Ass.” And given the resurgence of fanboy interest following a well-received trailer at last year’s Comic-Con (plus the benefit of Imax »
- Justin Chang
You won’t find it on the show’s IMDb page, but cocaine plays such a major role in HBO’s new ’70s drama Vinyl (premiering Feb. 14 at 9/8c) that its name ought to be wedged into the credits somewhere between Ray Romano and Olivia Wilde.
From the moment we meet Bobby Cannavale‘s Richie Finestra — the spiraling owner of the spiraling American Century record label — he’s got Peruvian dancing dust on the brain, and soon after, up his nose.
Richie is a man haunted by a horrible secret, »
Yesterday, Nicholas Bell and I issued our Top 10 New Voices, and now we launch into our New Faces. They range in age, amount of screen time, and in this year’s batch of New Faces made memorable turns in supporting or principle character roles. Narrowly breaking into our top ten list we have names such as Sand Storm‘s Lammis Ammar and Spa Night‘s Haerry Kim. Here is our top ten countdown.
Move over Creed. The youngest featured actress to be profiled in our ten set was embraced in Park City as the next “it” personality and for good reason. In Anna Rose Holmer’s debut, Royalty Hightower’s Toni has a lot of volume – she physically inhabits a character who is at odds with her burgeoning teenagehood (a transition that is not always welcomed) in a performance that empathically comes across as non-actingly natural. »
- IONCINEMA.com Contributing Writers
Hakeem Lyon looks warily over his shoulder in the new poster touting the second half of Empire‘s sophomore season — and we can’t blame him.
Last we saw the family’s youngest son, he was voting to oust his father from the top perch of Empire Entertainment — the exact opposite of what his ferocious mother Cookie had instructed him to do.
Still, while both parents might want to take a broom (or worse) to their disobedient son, »
Lucious Lyons’ stint behind bars at the start of Empire‘s second season may have just been a warmup.
RelatedPilot Season ’16: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them
The Fox drama has cast Morocco Omari (Homeland) in a major recurring role as an FBI hotshot who’ll cause trouble for the ousted head of Empire Entertainment — and he might wind up being a series regular.
Omari will play Tariq Cousins, who started off as one of the finest cops ever to work the streets of Philadelphia, then advanced to a post at the FBI »
Indian cinema megastar Akshay Kumar has once again enthralled audiences with his latest film ‘Airlift’, a tense drama based on the true life events during the Gulf War of 1990 which witnessed the world’s largest human evacuation in history. Released just before India’s 67th Republic Day, the film captures the sheer brilliance of the unspoken heroic mission of India which has become an ‘Airlift’ing experience.
Airlift opened to phenomenal reviews, word of mouth and box office takings in India, and has continued its winning streak in all major international box offices over the weekend, opening to record breaking numbers.
Touted as Akshay Kumar’s Performance Of A Lifetime, Airlift has become Akshay Kumar’s highest grossing first week ever, surpassing his previous hits such as Rowdy Rathore, Houseful 2, Gabbar, Special 26, Singh Is Bling, Baby and Brothers.
The international box office for Indian cinema has historically been dominated by family dramas, »
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It’s good to know that 15 seasons in, American Idol hasn’t lost its ability to send me into a teeth-gnashing, plate-smashing, imaginary mascara-running rage.
VideosReality Check: Who’s Getting a Winner’s Edit on Idol — and Do They Deserve It?
Ok, no fine china was harmed in the writing of my Top 24 Announcement Episode recap — decade-old Crate and Barrel still beats a Dixie paper plate — but still, that’s not to say the “Final Judgment”/”Green Mile” announcement didn’t make me fantasize about the satisfying shatter of ceramic against the living-room wall.
Watching Season 15 standout Jessica Cabral get »
If Saturday Night Live‘s 90-minute broadcast doesn’t satisfy your need for sketch comedy on the weekends, Fox just came up with the perfect solution.
RelatedSeal Joins Fox’s The Passion Live Musical as Pontius Pilate
Starring Nicole Byer (Girl Code), SNL writer Alison Rich and relative newcomer Jessica McKenna, Party Over Here will cover everything from pop culture to politics via short skits and in-studio segments with a live audience. »
You know the old saying, “Two’s company, three’s a crowd”? It seems that phrase was coined specifically for next Tuesday’s episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
TVLine has an exclusive teaser for the installment (Fox, 9/8c), in which the 9-9 teams up with the neighboring 9-8 precinct for a case, reuniting Jake with his old partner Stevie (played by New Girl‘s Damon Wayans, Jr.).
Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
To absolutely no one’s surprise, Charles gets jealous of Jake’s bond with Stevie and tries to »
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