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In theory, Will Smith is still one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, but it's been over five years since "I am Legend" and we're still awaiting a proper of how test of his star power has fared since then. Granted he did return last summer after a four-year gap with "Men In Black 3," which performed well, but that was always his biggest franchise and a sub-two hundred million domestic gross for an expensive franchise movie isn't blowing anyone away. The end of this month should see a more significant test when "After Earth" hits theaters, although even that sees him playing second fiddle to son Jaden Smith. The good news is that Smith seems to be mixing it up a bit more instead of just sticking to the kind of FX-packed blockbuster he's used to: he's got a small character role in "Winter's Tale" and he's »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Will Smith is, according to The Wrap , eyeing a leading role in an contemporary remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1969 western classic The Wild Bunch . He would also likely come aboard the project as a producer. Set in 1913, the original film starred William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O'Brien, Ben Johnson and Warren Oates as a band of outlaws in the final days of the wild west. The new version would follow a team of DEA agents who assemble to take on a Mexican drug cartel. Smith, who last summer headlined Men in Black 3 , can be seen starring opposite his son, Jaden Smith, in the upcoming After Earth . He's also set to play a supporting role in Akiva Goldsman's directorial debut Winter's Tale , to headline Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's crime romance Focus and to then return »
Looking at Will Smith's filmography, it's actually surprising how few films he's actually been in. Since making his feature debut in 1991's Where The Day Takes You he's only made 20 movies, which comes out to an average of only one film per year - far fewer than most A-list stars, who are typically able to pump out as many as three titles every twelve months. Now, however, it seems he's starting to up his game. In addition to having After Earth due out this summer - now one week earlier than previously thought - he has Akiva Goldsman's Winter's Tale in the works and just this week added the crime/romance Focus to his slate. And now it appears two more projects are on his radar. First up, Deadline reports that the actor is now attached to the drama American Can, which is currently targeting Ed Zwick to direct. »
Smith to Become Stewart's Next Leading Man? Please scroll down for a fully revised version of this article, following conflicting information from Variety's Justin Kroll and former Variety columnist Jeff Sneider, currently writing for TheWrap. Here's the original version of the piece: Kristen Stewart may have a brand new leading man, in case a Variety report as fully accurate. After former leading man Ben Affleck's departure earlier this year (more details here), Stewart was left all alone in writer-directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra's Focus, the story of a young and inexperienced con woman who becomes attached to an older, more experienced con man. A Warner Bros. release (in case all goes well), the project was supposed to have begun filming this month (see more details here). (Pictured above: Smith in M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming sci-fier After Earth, co-starring his son Jaden) According to the Variety article on Smith's casting, »
- Andre Soares
The actress admitted that she was shocked by the reaction she got to her on-screen death during the show's latest series.
Viewers saw Findlay's Lady Sybil die in childbirth after suffering from eclampsia. Her exit was met with shock from fans of the ITV period drama.
The 23-year-old told The Huffington Post UK: "The day Sybil died I was flying out to film in New York. Normally when you land somewhere, you get a couple of messages, but I had an onslaught from people saying, 'You could have warned me'.
"Even my parents knew I was dying, but they didn't know how, so my mum was in bits. My dad had to tell her, 'You can call her on the phone'."
Findlay said she was "desperate" to leave Downton Abbey to pursue other projects. »
Michael Caine routinely threatens retirement, and there's always the possibility that his next film will be his last (especially after the actor turned 80 last week; read our pick of his best performances here), but frankly we don't see it coming any time soon, nor can we imagine him ever saying no to Christopher Nolan. As well as Louis Leterrier's "Now You See Me," Caine has Sandra Nettelbeck's ("Mostly Martha," "Helen") "Mr. Morgan's Last Love" set for release in 2013, and now we have some new posters, images and one very interesting new update about the project. That interesting update is that Hans Zimmer will be providing the score for the German director's picture. So that's another to add to Zimmer's 2013 scored movies which also includes "Winter's Tale," "Rush," "The Lone Ranger" and "Man of Steel." The new images from the movie, meanwhile, show a lot of Caine and his »
- Joe Cunningham
Will Smith remains one of the world's biggest movie stars, but that's largely more in theory than in practice. Last year's Men in Black 3 was Smith's first film in four years, and it made more than $600 million globally-- barely more than the original Men in Black all the way back in 1997, actually, but not half bad for a guy who seemed more interested in building careers for his kids than starring in movies himself. This year Smith will be doing both, starring opposite his son Jaden in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed After Earth, which comes to theaters on June 7. Figuring out what happens after that is a matter of digging through a lot of in-development projects and wondering which one will stick. He's definitely set for what's described as a cameo in Winter's Tale, a passion project from writer-turned director Akiva Goldsman, who wrote I Am Legend for Smith. »
Cross Creek Pictures President Brian Oliver and Exclusive Media's Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East announced today that principal photography has begun in New York on A Walk Among the Tombstones the new crime thriller starring Oscar winner Liam Neeson (Schindler's List, Taken). Joining the cast are Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey); Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina); Boyd Holbrook (The Host, Milk); David Harbour (Snitch, End of Watch); Mark Consuelos (American Horror Story); and recording artist / U.S. The X Factor (Season 1) fan favorite, Astro.
Written and to be directed by Academy Award nominated Scott Frank (Out of Sight, The Lookout), the film is based on one of 17 Matt Scudder novels written by acclaimed crime novelist Lawrence Block. The Scudder series has been in print for over 40 years and translated into over 20 languages. The movie is being produced by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, with their company Double Feature Films, with Danny DeVito and his company, »
Here is my complete 2014 Oscar Preview in one complete list, with all 40 Oscar Contenders and my thoughts on each over the course of a massive 13-page spread and over 8,500 words. Trust me, I don't blame you if you take your time, but I think it may serve as a helpful list to look back at throughout the year. And, if you missed Parts 1-4 in which I featured each of these films, ten per installment, and just because it's fun to see them all in one place, here's a list of all 40 films included in this preview: The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, A Most Wanted Man, The Place Beyond the Pines, August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Diana, Elysium, The Fifth Estate, Foxcatcher, Frozen, Fruitvale, Grace of Monaco, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Lowlife, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, »
- Brad Brevet
We have reached the final ten films in my 2014 Oscar Preview, which has been made up of 40 potential 2014 Oscar contenders and, as we all know, I'm sure to have missed more than a handful. However, I think today's batch has more than a few gems to keep an eye on, many of which made my list of most anticipated films of 2013. This list also includes the one movie of the entire 40 that has the best chance of being pushed to next year, but it would be foolish to leave it off until we know for sure. You probably know what film I'm talking about, but if you don't I'm sure the next paragraph will give it away. This final list of ten films begins with Prisoners from Incendies helmer Denis Villeneuve and starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal alongside Melissa Leo and Viola Davis, next is Brad Furman's Runner, »
- Brad Brevet
Colin Farrell likes to kiss and tell. The sexy Total Recall star stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the funnylady couldn't help but ask the Irish hunk about his Winter's Tale costar, with whom he was caught sharing a smooch by paparazzi. Considering Colin's costar in question is actually a horse named Lesto, it should come as no surprise that hilarity ensues as the talk show host playfully teases the movie star: "There was a picture I saw that the paparazzi caught you kissing your co-star. And, what a beautiful co-star that is…" Ellen remarks. "She gorgeous, gorgeous, very sallow skin, gorgeous long hair," Colin jokes as a photo of Farrell »
Some Hollywood stars spent this week prepping for the Oscars, while others were busy working away on set. In NYC, Jennifer Connelly filmed scenes with a young actress for Winter's Tale, while her costar Colin Farrell took a dive into the East River for the film. Lucy Liu was also in NYC, smiling as she strolled to the set of Elementary, and Stephen Amell showed off his stunt skills while shooting Arrow in Vancouver. Click through to see all of this week's stars on set. View Slideshow › »
- Michelle Manning
Zachary Quinto on the cover of the digital magazine Snap.
Birthday shoutouts go to Smokey Robinson, who is 73, Seal is 50, and Beth Ditto is 32. We should celebrate the departure of a revolting villain.In ratings news, The Following was up 17% over last week's tumble. The Cancellation Bear believes that Smash is likely to be canceled. Kelly Clarkson has some harsh words for Clive Davis about his new autobiography (In which he also comes out as bisexual): "So I just heard Clive Davis is releasing a memoir and spreading false information about me and my music. I refuse to be bullied and I just have to clear up his memory lapses and misinformation for myself and for my fans. It feels like a violation. Growing up is awesome because you learn you don't have to cower to anyone - even Clive Davis."If you can make it to the end of this, »
The first photos from Akiva Goldman's feature directorial debut, Winter's Tale, have arrived online. Goldsman has worked as a writer and producer on such films as A Beautiful Mind, I, Robot, and I am Legend.
Mark Helperin wrote the novel the film is based on. The romantic fantasy tells the story of "a thief named Peter Lake (Colin Farrell) who breaks into a seemingly empty mansion in Victorian-era New York City. Once inside, he’s surprised to meet and fall for Beverly Penn (Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay), the dying young woman cloistered within. Russell Crowe also stars, as a criminal boss named Pearly Soames who has it in for Peter."
New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. »
- Jim Napier
We've got 18 new images today from the set of Akiva Goldsman's Winter's Tale. The adaptation of the Mark Helprin novel centers on a a thief (Colin Farrell) who breaks into the home of a bed-ridden young woman (Jessica Brown Findlay) and ends up falling in love with her. Russell Crowe stars as Pearly Soames, a violent crime lord and leader of the Short Tail gang who is after the thieving protagonist. In charge of tracking him down is Romeo Tan (Kevin Corrigan), Soames' ruthless right-hand man who acts as his boss’s enforcer in 1916 New York. The picture also co-stars William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, Eva Marie Saint and Will Smith, who will cameo as a judge. Hit the jump to check out the images from Winter's Tale. Check out the set images from Winter's Tale below (via io9, Film-o-Filia and Just Jared): [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] »
- Dave Trumbore
New York, Feb 1: Colin Farrell was recently spotted showing off his toned abs in public while exercising.
The 36-year-old Irish actor was seen 'shirtless, with his hair in a sleek ponytail,' at a 60-minute hot- yoga class at Pure Yoga on the Upper East Side, practicing his downward dog, the New York Post reported.
An eyewitness told the publication that the 'Winter's Tale' star kept to himself in the steamiest part of the studio and was "intently focused" on his technique.
Farrell managed to slip out of class without being recognized. (Ani) »
- Amith Ostwal
Akiva Goldsman has been something of a laughing stock in the geek community ever since he and Joel Schumacher killed the Batman franchise with Batman and Robin, but with his directorial debut Winter's Tale in the works, I smell a comeback. Now THR is reporting that Goldsman is teaming with former Disney Channel star Zac Efron on a new project, a supernatural thriller called The Falling.
Efron will star and also produce under his ridiculously-named production company Ninjas Runnin' Wild (then again, Goldsman is a grown ass man and his company is called Weed Road, so I guess ridiculousness is in the eye of the beholder).
As for the plot, we don't know much. THR calls it "an edgy thriller centering around an otherworldly being,"and stress that "every effort is being made to protect the logline" for the movie, so apparently secrecy is a top priority for this one. »
- Ben Pearson
When you think of fresh-faced young actors who started out cute but are angling to get serious, Zac Efron is still somewhere near the top of your mind-- but he's losing ground shortly. In fact he just finished shooting Are We Actually Dating? with two co-stars, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan, who earned so much buzz at Sundance for their respective performances in The Spectacular Now and Fruitvale that they might be surpassing Efron before the year is out. If Zac's going to stick around, he's gonna have to make his move soon, and there's probably a worse one than teaming up with Akiva Goldsman. According to THR Efron will be starring in and producing The Falling, with Goldsman producing as well, and the implication in the THR article being that he'll direct. The Oscar-winning screenwriter is gearing up to shoot his directorial debut The Winter's Tale, with a »
The three actors will star in director Liv Ullmann's adaptation of the 19th century play, reports Variety.
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Published in 1888, August Strindberg's tale centres around the titular daughter of a Swedish count who explores the social world of her father's servants.
Chastain will play Miss Julie, with Farrell taking on the role of a servant named Jean who piques her interest. Morton will play the house's cook, Christine.
Watch Jessica Chastain speaking to Digital »
While specific plot details are being kept under wraps, the story centers on an otherworldly being. The story idea was developed internally at the studio, which was then presented to both Zac Efron and Akiva Goldsman. The producers are currently looking for a writer to tackle the script, based on a story crafted by Akiva Goldsman and Joby Harold (Joby Harold).
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