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The novel tells the fictitious tale of Toby "Doc" Ebersole, who is haunted by the ghost of country music legend Hank Williams, after he was involved in the singer's death in 1953, which lead to his medical license being revoked. The story picks up 10 years later in the red light district of San Antonio, Texas, where Toby supports his morphine habit by performing illegal medical procedures, while still being visited by Hank's ghost. The project's title is spawned from a 1952 song that Hank Williams co-wrote, which was the last single to be released while he was alive.
Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss play a couple who are pretty much sick of each other in the first full trailer for the dark comedy Listen Up Philip. Schwartzman (Saving Mr. Banks) stars as the eponymous novelist, who is invited by his favorite author to his home in the woods. This doesn't exactly bode well for Philip's floundering relationship with his girlfriend (Moss, Get Him to the Greek), especially when Philip meets the author's fetching daughter (Krysten Ritter, Veronica Mars). In one scene, Philip has a rather surprising response when he gets called out for bragging about his writing career.
- Ryan Gajewski
I'm surprised that we haven't seen a really good biopic based on the life of Walt Disney. The closest thing we've gotten is his portrayal by Tom Hanks in the movie Saving Mr. Banks. There is an independent film coming though called Walt Before Mickey, which chronicles the early days of Walt's animation career. The film was directed by Juilliard graduate Khoa Le, and it's based on a 2011 book by Timothy Susanin called Walt before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928. The feature stars Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) as Walt, Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) as his brother Roy, David Henrie plays an animator, and Jodie Sweetin (Full House) as Charlotte Disney.
This may seem like the kind of made for TV movie biopic that you'd see on Lifetime, but it's what we've got for now. I'm sure someday fans of Walt will get the amazing biopic we've all be waiting for. »
- Joey Paur
While audiences were served up a fantastic portrayal of a 1960s Walt Disney in last year’s Saving Mr. Banks, Khoa Le’s Walt Before Disney is set to serve up another helping of the legendary animator, only this time with a particular interest in the early, defining years of the artist’s career.
The period drama — largely based on Timothy S. Susanin’s nonfiction novel, Walt Before Mickey: Disney’s Early Years, 1919-1928 — will be situated in the 1920s, a time where Walt’s nascent career was hampered by several false starts and crushing disappointments.
Labelled as the “missing decade”, the film is set to chart Walt (played by American Pie’s Thomas Ian Nicholas) as he ventures from Missouri to California in the search of his dream — setting up four mediocre film studios along the way.
- Michael Briers
While fans got a glimpse of 1960s Walt Disney in last year's Saving Mr. Banks, the upcoming Walt Before Mickey gives fans a whole new perspective on the animation legend. The first trailer has been released, starring Thomas Ian Nicholas as a young Walt Disney, who was struggling to survive for 10 years, before the creation of Mickey Mouse. Deadline also reports that the filmmakers are closing in on a distribution deal, with a fall release being planned.
Based on Timothy Susanin's book Walt before Mickey: Disney's Early Years, 1919-1928, this adaptation shows how Walt Disney honed his early animation style while working for a number of different companies before creating Walt Disney Studios and the character that would define his legacy, Mickey Mouse. Take a look at the first trailer, which also features Jodie Sweetin, David Henrie and Jon Heder, then take a look at the official description »
Exclusive: Before he created Mickey Mouse, Walt Disney was an animator and businessman who spent a decade shrugging off failure in order to build the studio that would turn him into an icon. The indie period drama Walt Before Mickey chronicles nine years worth of these early struggles, with American Pie‘s Thomas Ian Nicholas playing the young and ambitious Disney and Napoleon Dynamite‘s Jon Heder as his brother Roy. Check out the trailer exclusively on Deadline.
Disney fans got a peek at the 1960s-era Walt in last year’s Saving Mr. Banks, but Walt Before Mickey offers up the pre-Depression Era “missing decade” during which he launched four studios and moved from Missouri to California, with varying degrees of success. Jodie Sweetin (Full House) and David Henrie (Wizards Of Waverly Place) also star for first-time feature helmer Khoa Le, who directs a script by Arthur L. Bernstein and Armando Gutierrez. »
- Jen Yamato
Update, 9:23 Am: Millennium has officially confirmed the Madame Bovary acquisition that I scooped was happening over the weekend. The deal was finalized ahead of its Toronto screening set for tomorrow. The full release is below our original exclusive.
Previous Exclusive, Saturday Pm: Millennium Entertainment is getting close to a seven-figure deal to acquire U.S. rights to Madame Bovary, the Sophie Barthes-directed film that stars Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, and Ezra Miller.
The film is set in period France, and focuses on two years in the life of the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor. She engages in extra-marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status. I’m hearing that companies like A24 and Sony Pictures Classics are still in the mix, but it looks like this one will close tonight. It premieres Wednesday in the Special Presentations section, but buyers caught it yesterday at a »
- Mike Fleming Jr
To coincide with its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Paramount Pictures has dropped the first poster for Jason Reitman’s (Juno, Up in the Air) latest film Men, Women & Children, which we have for you here…
Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.
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- Gary Collinson
Global film and television studio Miramax announced today that it has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Mr. Holmes and will partner with Roadside Attractions on domestic theatrical distribution of the film. Directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey), Mr. Holmes stars Academy Award nominees Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings franchise, X-Men franchise) and Laura Linney (Kinsey, You Can Count on Me, The Savages).
Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., Chairman of Miramax, had this to say in his statement.
"Mr. Holmes is a smart, exciting film that has attracted the highest caliber director, cast and producers, and it is a perfect fit for Miramax. We are very pleased to acquire U.S. »
Australians in Film has announced the 10 judges that will choose up to three winners in the Gateway La script development program, launched in July by new AiF president Simonne Overend. The program, which was launched last month, will close the submissions window on September 12. Until then, Australian writers and teams of writers are encouraged to apply. Also read: Heath Ledger Scholarship Awarded to ‘War Horse’ Stage Actor Cody Fern The judging panel features several executives including Overend, vice president of scripted development for Essential Media (“Saving Mr. Banks”); Audrey Chon, vice president scripted television at Shine America (“The Bridge”); Michael Costigan, »
- Jason Hughes
The intriguing new show tells the tale of an extramarital affair from two different perspectives, that of West and Wilson’s characters. How their memories of past events differ serves as the framework of the series, which can drastically help it stand apart from more conventional dramas on television.
While the new trailer doesn’t offer up many details about the show’s plot, it does illustrate how the perspectives of the leads will be communicated to the audience and effectively piques our interest.
West and Wilson are joined by ER actress Maura Tierney and Fringe alum Joshua Jackson, who play their respective wronged spouses. Created by Hagai Levi (In Treatment) and Sarah Treem (House of Cards), The Affair debuts on October 12th, »
- James Garcia
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Disney’s glitzy Los Angeles Mary Poppins premiere. As the recent movie Saving Mr. Banks showed, writing the music for Mary Poppins was not an easy task for composers Richard and Robert Sherman, who had to contend with prickly Poppins author P. L. Travers. “She was terrible to us—just very negative and unreceptive. I felt like we were drowning,” Richard told EW last year.
Despite all that, there’s a lot of music in this movie—probably more than you remember. The movie’s soundtrack features 16 songs with lyrics, and not all are »
- Esther Zuckerman
Showtime has released a teaser trailer for their new series The Affair which stars Dominic West (300, The Wire) and Ruth Wilson (Saving Mr. Banks, The Prisoner) in a story about an extramarital affair in the Hamptons but shown from both the male and female perspectives, “using the distinct memory biases of both to tell […]
The post Showtime’s The Affair Teaser Trailer: “The Story Begins” appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
As you know if you watched last year's "Saving Mr. Banks" -- Disney's own Disney-fied version of the creative struggles behind the making of "Mary Poppins" -- the author who created the magical nanny, P.L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson), didn't much care for the glossy, sugary (well, a spoonful, at least) musical comedy that Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) made from her sharp, astringent novels. But she may have been the only one.
The movie enjoyed near-universal acclaim upon its release 50 years ago this week (on August 27, 1964). It went on to be nominated for 13 Oscars, including Best Picture, and it won five of them, including Best Actress for film-newbie Julie Andrews, in the role that has defined her career ever since. Over the past five decades, "Mary Poppins" has become not only a beloved staple that seemingly every kid has watched, but also proof that the Walt Disney studio could »
- Gary Susman
Ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Men, Woman & Children, the latest film from Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), and you can watch it right here…
Men, Women & Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, »
- Gary Collinson
In this week’s episode of Flickering Myth TV’s Movie Newsgasm, Owen Rhys takes a look at what Marvel Studios’ next big movie might be, the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set photos, Jason Momoa officially announced as Aquaman, Michael Bay leaving the Transformers franchise and the already-announced sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Somebody call Vanilla Ice!
For all that and more, watch this week’s Movie Newsgasm below…
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set for release on March 25th 2016, with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, »
- Oliver Davis
London – U.K. distributor Icon said Friday that it had picked up the local rights to the Tom Hanks-starring comedy drama A Hologram for the King. Directed by Tom Tykwer and adapted from the 2012 book by Dave Eggers, A Hologram for the King follows the story of a struggling U.S. businessman who journeys to Saudi Arabia to try to secure an It contract in a last-ditch attempt to save his career. Photos Tom Hanks Goes Disney: The Making of 'Saving Mr. Banks' Shooting on the film, which also stars Sarita Choudhury, Omar Elba, Tracey Fairaway,
- Alex Ritman
Whenever the subject of new Oscar categories is brought up in conversation, one of the first ones mentioned is a Best Cast Ensemble category (along with recognition for Stunt Coordinators). Personally, I’m rather intrigued by an Ensemble addition, though it really depends as much as anything on what kinds of nominees we’d have. I have no issues with any category additions at all…I say the more the merrier. The only downside is with certain categories, you wouldn’t have more diverse nominees or anything like that. You’d just get the Best Picture nominees adding one more nod to their belts. That sort of a nom is mostly meaningless, but if it cites a wider range of work, then I’m all for it. The actual odds of a new category being added to the Oscar telecast is somewhat unlikely, due to how rushed the ceremony already is, »
- Joey Magidson
As Marvel celebrates another huge opening for Guardians of the Galaxy, with the film pulling in a hefty $160 million debut at the global box office, Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction has hit a landmark, with the fourth instalment in the blockbuster Transformers franchise becoming the first movie of 2014 to cross $1 billion worldwide. Age of Extinction has earned $241.1 million domestically and $763.8 million from international markets for a combined gross of $1.004 billion to date, which makes it the second-biggest earner of the series behind Transformers: Dark of the Moon ($1.123 billion), as well as the eighteenth-highest grossing movie of all time.
Transformers: Age of Extinction sees Michael Bay directing a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg (Pain & Gain), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did), Nicola Peltz (Bates Motel), Stanley Tucci (Captain America: The First Avenger), Li Bingbing (Resident Evil: Retribution), Sophia Myles (Underworld), Victoria Summer (Saving Mr. Banks), Titus Welliver »
- Gary Collinson
I don't expect biopics to ever give me the full story or even an accurate story for that matter. In fact, many documentaries are only giving us one side of the argument and sometimes less than that when compared to films based on a true story. So when it comes to Tate Taylor's take on the life of the "Godfather of Soul", James Brown, Get On Up plays like a film that gives us a small taste of the darkness that was in Brown's soul after a rough upbringing and a life in which he felt he was always on his own. The result is entertaining and inspiring while also being a little bloated in the middle. One thing, however, is for certain, Chadwick Boseman continues to impress, following up his performance in 42 with another "out of the park" portrayal of an iconic, bigger-than-life star. The screenplay by Jez »
- Brad Brevet
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