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Production is currently underway in Montreal on director Bryan Singer’s 80s-set sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, and while the film will continue the stories of well-established mutant characters like Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), it’s also introducing a slew of comics characters both familiar and new. In addition to younger versions of mutants we’ve already seen in the movies (like Jean Grey and Cyclops), X-Men: Apocalypse is also bringing some folks to the screen for the first time—like Psylocke. In the character’s first appearances in the comics, Psylocke was a mutant who simply had telepathic powers. But later, she transformed into a Japanese ninja assassin, adding highly developed fighting skills to her repertoire. The Newsroom actress Olivia Munn is playing Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, and she recently shared a video on Instagram of some of her sword training: Learned some new tricks... A video posted »
- Adam Chitwood
Will Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") finally win an Emmy after 13 previous losses? Can Viola Davis ("How to Get Away with Murder") break the color barrier? In our new Emmy predictions slugfest (watch below), Gold Derby editors Daniel Montgomery, Charles Bright and Ralph Galvan join me in making our forecasts for Best Drama Actor and Best Drama Actress. -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders If Hamm were to lose, we predict an upset victory for either Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"), Jeff Daniels ("The Newsroom"), Bob Odenkirk ("Better Call Saul"), Terrence Howard ("Empire") or Kyle Chandler ("Bloodline"). But watch out for a few under-the-radar actors that are still very much in this race. Since an African-American woman has never won Best Drama Actress, we wonder if perhaps that title will go to Davis, Taraji P. Henson ("Empire"..." »
News has been leaked about the directing responsibilities for the sixth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" (via Entertainment Weekly). The list returns a few standouts from last season and adds a few new names into the mix. Episodes 1 & 2 will be handled by Jeremy Podeswa. He directed one of my favorite episodes from season five, "Kill the Boy" as well as the supremely unpopular "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken". He's been working with HBO for a while having also directed episodes of "True Blood", "The Newsroom", "Boardwalk Empire". Episodes 3 & 4 go to "Game of Thrones" newbie Daniel Sackheim. Recently he's contributed great work for the the FX original series "The Americans" including the standout season three finale. His work on "The Americans" proves he can handle meditative episodes with punches of action, a description that usually applies to mid-season "Thrones" episodes. Episodes 5 & 6 will also be helmed by a newcomer, Jack Bender. Bender is »
- Michael Hindle
Oscar nominees Josh Brolin and Maggie Gyllenhaal and “The Newsroom’s” Olivia Munn are in talks to join Luke Evans and David Oyelowo in the star-studded indie movie “Three Seconds,” TheWrap has learned. Otto Bathurst (“Peaky Blinders”) is directing the film, which is based on the bestselling book by Swedish writers Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom that was adapted by Matt Cook and Rowan Joffe. “Three Seconds” follows a man (Evans) who’s forced to go undercover in a prison as part of an FBI operation and must then escape on his own after he’s abandoned mid-mission. Also Read: Luke Evans Cast as Gaston. »
- Jeff Sneider
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a Hayao Miyazaki classic, a couple of already-forgotten 2015 releases, the final season of what could be Aaron Sorkin’s last TV series, and more. Spirited Away (2-Disc Blu-ray + DVD Combo) - $21.96 (41% off) Chappie [Blu-ray + UltraViolet] - $19.93 (43% off) Wild Tales [Blu-ray] - $24.93 (29% off) Run All Night (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) - $22.99 (49% off) Unfinished Business [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (63% off) The Lazarus Effect [Blu-ray] - $19.94 (50% off) Beyond the Reach [Blu-ray] - $12.99 (48% off) My Dinner with Andre [Blu-ray] (Criterion Collection) - $27.99 (30% off) The Newsroom: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (50% off)
- Adam Chitwood
Aaron Sorkin is an exceptionally talent writer who brings a playwright’s sensibilities to television which means his characters talk. A lot. But unlike so many prime time series, his characters actually have something to say. It’s a shame more people don’t want to hear whatever it is being discussed because Sorkin series tend not to last very long.
There were two seasons of Sports Night, four Sorkin-produced episodes of The West Wing and a single uneven season of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. For his self-proclaimed final act in television, Sorkin gave us three ever-shortened seasons of The Newsroom. This last ran on HBO and other than using a handful of words, could have easily aired on the major networks. After all, Sorkin didn’t pander with nudity or excessive violence.
The series’ conceit was that we were watching the fall and rise of network anchor »
- Robert Greenberger
The thriller, of which the streaming service has ordered eight episodes, will take place in the 1980s in a Long Island beach town. The action picks up when a young, two-year-old boy vanishes into thin air, leading to a huge investigation. As family members, friends and local police attempt to get to the bottom of the boy’s disappearance, they stumble across a web of government conspiracy, supernatural forces and a very strange young girl.
Ryder has signed on for the lead role of Joyce, the boy’s concerned mother, a working-class woman who must struggle to stay strong as she battles against powerful and mysterious enemies to rescue her boy. This will be the veteran actress’ first small-screen series regular gig.
Harbour, meanwhile, will take on the role of the local chief of police. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Winona Ryder will topline an untitled supernatural series for Netflix, Variety has confirmed.
The eight-episode thriller, previously titled “Montauk,” is set in the 1980s in the Long Island beach town and follows a 2-year-old boy who mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Family, friends and cops try to uncover the truth about his disappearance, which ends up involving top-secret government experiments, supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Ryder will play Joyce, the working-class mother of the missing boy. She summons a strength she never she had before, while rescuing her son from terrifying forces.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Last year’s Best Drama Guest Actor Joe Morton (“Scandal”) and Best Comedy Guest Actress Uzo Aduba (“Orange is the New Black”) were the latest Emmy winners in the guest categories to be guests only in the contractual sense of the word, as they appeared in every episode of their eligible seasons. To address this, the TV academy recently announced that any performer who appears in at least half of the season’s episodes will be ineligible as a guest; among those disqualified is two-time guest nominee Jane Fonda (“The Newsroom”) who appeared in half of this season's six episodes. Conversely, series regulars may now enter the guest races if they are in fewer than half of the season’s episodes as the Emmys nixed the use of contracts and billing to determine category qualification. -Break- Emmy shockeroo: Guest actresses Jane Fonda and Laverne Cox must go supporting Starring-billed perfo. »
We've seen students strive to survive their teachers' wrath in Robert Rodriguez's The Faculty, but in the zombie film Cooties, the teachers are the ones fending off an infected student body. A new poster teases the Elijah Wood-starring horror comedy.
"From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of "Glee"), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson ("The Office"), and Alison Pill ("The Newsroom") as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an »
- Derek Anderson
From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage. The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives. Cooties will be one of the debut releases of the newly-launched Lionsgate Premiere label, which will release the film on September 18th in select theaters and on demand. »
- BJ Colangelo
Get a taste with the new poster from Lionsgate Premiere’s Cooties. The deadly horror-comedy will crawl into select theaters & VOD on Friday, September 18.
From the twisted minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of Saw and Insidious) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of “Glee”), Cooties is a horror comedy with unexpected laughs and unapologetic thrills. When a cafeteria food virus turns elementary school children into killer zombies, a group of misfit teachers must band together to escape the playground carnage.
The film stars Elijah Wood (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), and Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”) as teachers who fight to survive the mayhem while hilariously bickering in an uncomfortable love triangle on the worst Monday of their lives.
- Michelle McCue
J.C. Chandor may have dropped out of making Deepwater Horizon but he has found a new project. Chandor will team with A24 Films to adapt Vicky Ward's non-fiction book The Liar's Ball. Chandor will work with writer Gideon Yago (The Newsroom, Manhattan) and executive producer Zachary Quinto, who produced and starred in Chandor.s Margin Call. Ward's book may not have seemed like the most cinematic story out... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Filmmaker J.C. Chandor not only has a solid track record thus far, but he’s a director who seems keen on mixing things up and raising his ambition for each subsequent film. His debut, Margin Call, was a talky drama that took place within the confines of a few offices. His next film, All Is Lost, had nearly zero dialogue and took place entirely at sea. To follow that up, he released the thoughtful crime drama A Most Violent Year last winter, and now he’s got his sights set on telling the history of a skyscraper. It was announced today that Chandor is teaming up with A Most Violent Year distributor A24 films to produce and possibly direct an adaptation of Vicky Ward’s book The Liar’s Ball, which recounts the full history of New York’s G.M. Building from before it was built to the present. »
- Adam Chitwood
We were all pretty disappointed when J.C. Chandor, the terrifically talented helmer behind last December’s A Most Violent Year, fell off oil rig explosion drama Deepwater Horizon, but it appears that the director may have settled on a new project. Reteaming with A24, he’s producing and has plans to direct an adaptation of Vicky Ward’s book The Liar’s Ball, about the history of New York’s famed G.M. building.
Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb, both long-time collaborators of Chandor’s, are also producing the pic, which focuses on the furious battle between industry titans over the coveted area, which faces the southeast corner of Central Park. The script, which will be written by Manhattan and The Newsroom scribe Gideon Yago, heavily features Harry Macklowe and explores his fight to own and redevelop the G.M. Building over the last two decades. Apple’s famous glass »
- Isaac Feldberg
Nothing says power and prestige like having your name inscribed on a building. One can only imagine that's a primary reason Harry Macklowe purchased the Gm Building in Manhattan, and that story will serve as the backdrop for a potential new film by J.C. Chandor. Read More: Interview: J.C. Chandor Talks 'A Most Violent Year,' Sandy Hook Influence, Violence On FIlm And More A24 has announced today that the "A Most Violent Year" director will adapt Vicky Ward's non-fiction book "The Liar's Ball." Gideon Yago ("The Newsroom," "Manhattan") will pen the script, and Zachary Quinto, who starred in "Margin Call," is among the producers on the project, which includes Chandor, who will be eyeing it to direct. Here's the book synopsis: Harry Macklowe is one of the most notorious wheelers and dealers of the real estate world, and Liar's Ball is the story of the gamblers and thieves who populate his world. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“The Liar’s Ball” focuses on Harry Macklowe and his battles to own and re-develop New York City’s G.M. Building in the 1990s and into the 2000s.
“Commercial real estate in New York City has long fascinated me, to the point where I once had a broker’s license,” Chandor said in a press release. “The story that Vicky has captured through relentless research and interviews explores the drama and the romantic nature of buildings in a city »
- Dave McNary
J.C. Chandor has signed on to produce with an eye to direct the film adaptation of Vicky Ward’s The Liar’s Ball for A24 (Ex Machina). The book was optioned with Chandler in mind to helm. Screenwriter Gideon Yago (The Newsroom) has just closed a deal to adapt and is researching and writing now. The story, written by the former Vanity Fair contributor, follows industry titans fighting it out over one of the crown jewels of New York City real estate. Much of the story in the… »
J.C. Chandor is teaming up with his “Margin Call” star Zachary Quinto and distributor A24 to produce a movie adaptation of Vicky Ward’s book, “The Liar’s Ball,” which Chandor is eyeing to direct. The “Most Violent Year” director will serve as producer alongside long-time producers Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb as well as producer-financier Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions. Quinto will executive produce. “The Newsroom” writer Gideon Yago has closed a deal to write a screenplay based on Ward’s non-fiction book, which tells the full history of New York’s famed G.M. Building from before »
- Greg Gilman
This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Why is this year's lead actor in a drama series Emmy race different than six of the last seven? Because Bryan Cranston is no longer in the running for Breaking Bad, which exhausted its Emmy eligibility last year. Cranston's absence opens up one of the category's six slots for new blood. But who will be the beneficiaries of these vacancies and compete alongside -- presumably -- three perennial nominees: Mad Men's Jon Hamm, House of Cards' Kevin Spacey and The Newsroom's Jeff Daniels? Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk,
- Scott Feinberg
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