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No deal is in place yet, but John Goodman is expected to accept an offer to play Hollywood producer Frank King in the Dalton Trumbo biopic. Bryan Cranston is portraying the screenwriter, considered one of Hollywood's best in the 1940s, whose career came grinding to a halt in 1947, after he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee during their investigation into the motion picture industry.
Despite being blacklisted as one of the "Hollywood 10" writers, Frank King continued to hire Dalton Trumbo, who would write under pseudonyms. The screenwriter won two Oscars while he was blacklisted for Roman Holiday and The Brave One, which was produced by Frank King.
Helen Mirren is also attached to star, although »
Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with George Clooney on Up In The Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine’s The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan Difore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script.
Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (the titular “Money Monster”), and life, are taken hostage by an outraged gunman. As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show, uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. »
- Michelle McCue
Cantillion, who has been exec VP of production, will continue to be responsible for “Goosebumps,” scheduled for release on Aug. 7, 2015, and Bond 24, set for Nov. 6, 2015.
Her first project as a producer will be joining the production team for the untitled Ridley Scott drama based on “Game Brain” with Peter Landesman to write and direct the film about the prevalence of concussions among football players. Cantillon will also join the producing teams for the film adaptation of Playstation’s “Gran Turismo” and “A Reliable Wife,” an adaptation of Robert Goolrick’s romantic thriller.
Cantillon joined Columbia Pictures in 2005. Besides the Bond films “Skyfall,” “Quantum of Solace” and “Casino Royale,” she also oversaw “The Social Network,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Captain Phillips” and “The Monuments Men. »
- Dave McNary
Jeff Blake is leaving his post as chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures, a position he’s held since 2005.
Blake, who has been at the studio for 22 years, will exit Aug. 1. Sony did not immediately indicate if Blake’s slot will be filled.
Blake joined Sony as president of Sony Pictures Releasing in 1992 and became vice chairman in 2002. He began working in 1974 at Paramount in distribution.
Speculation has been growing in recent months that Blake, who’s well-known and well-liked within the business, would depart.
The shift comes with Sony Pictures Entertainment under scrutiny following a mixed performance in 2013 and so far in 2014.
The studio saw strong performances from “22 Jump Street” and “Heaven Is for Real” and its franchise “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ delivered over $700 million worldwide. “RoboCop,” shared with MGM, performed far better overseas ($184 million) than domestically ($58 million) and “The Monuments Men” turned in a middling performance with $155 million worldwide. »
- Dave McNary
As a filmmaker, George Clooney has shown a deep passion for bringing audiences true stories that are stranger than fiction. To date, he's helmed the bizarre Chuck Barris biopic Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, the celebrated Edward R. Murrow-centered docudrama Goodnight and Good Luck, and the star-stuffed World War II drama The Monuments Men. For his next venture, Clooney is turning to drug smuggling, and he's picked up a solid accomplice. THR reports George Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov have hired Debora Cahn to pen the screenplay for their upcoming drama Coronado High. Like those movies mentioned above, Coronado High finds its inspiration in real-life events, in this case that of Lou Villar, a hippie teacher and swimming coach in 1969 Cornado, California, who decided to enlist his students in a plan to smuggle pot from Mexico. In a plan perfect for dopey surfer teens, they transported the illegal »
New York-based non-profit NewFest wil recognise the director with the third annual NewFest Visionary Award at its annual Lgbt jamboree that runs from July 24-29.
“To be able to make films with gay characters at their centre is as hard today as it was when I first started making movies in 1991,” said Sachs, whose Love Is Strange premiered at Sundance.
“Without community events like NewFest, I don’t think we’d have a queer cinema in America. If ‘visionary’ means a belief in the continued future and importance of Lgbt cinema, I’m deeply honoured to accept.”
Oscar-nominated production designer Jim Bissell will receive the Art Directors’ Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards on January 31, 2015. Bissell’s credits include E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and most »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Production designer Jim Bissell has been chosen to receive the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The kudo will be presented Jan. 31 at the 19th Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Bissell’s credits include “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Rocketeer,” “Jumanji,” “300,” “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and “The Monuments Men” — his fourth collaboration with George Clooney following “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Good Night, and Good Luck” and “Leatherheads.”
He is working on “Mission: Impossible 5.”
- Dave McNary
The name Debora Cahn is not one that enjoys instant recognition among audiences, but she has been working steadily and with impressive results since her days as an award-winning writer on The West Wing. Eventually rising to the ranks of producer on that show, she went on to replicate the same success on Grey’s Anatomy. With a feature script having ranked highly on the 2013 Black List (The Special Program), her work has drawn attention from notable places – including Smokehouse Productions and Columbia Pictures, who have recruited her to write Coronado High.
Based on an article by Joshua Bearman, the story will focus on a laid-back teacher in Coronado, California in 1969, who collaborated with some local high school students to smuggle pot from Mexico, using swimming and paddle surfboards. From this supposedly simple idea rose a sizable 1970s criminal empire, which was ultimately taken down by the Drug Enforcement Agency. »
- Sarah Myles
Clooney will produce the film along with Grant Heslov (The Monuments Men) and David Klawans (Argo). Grey’s Anatomy and The West Wing writer Debora Cahn will pen the screenplay, which is an adaptation of a Atavist article by Joshua Bearman. The piece told of a hippie teacher who teamed up with high school students in the beach town of Coronado, California in 1969 to smuggle pot from Mexico to the Us by swimming and paddling surfboards. They successfully created a criminal empire that stretched into the 1970s, before being taken down by the DEA.
This isn’t the first of Bearman’s articles to get the Hollywood treatment. He wrote a story for Wired that became the basis for Ben Affleck’s Academy Award winning film Argo. Cahn, on the other hand, »
- James Garcia
We first reported on the project back in April, when Dan Trachtenberg signed on to make his directorial debut. The story centers on a teenage girl who wakes up in a creepy underground cellar, where she is told by her eerie caretaker (John Goodman) that a nuclear attack has killed off all life on the surface.
Daniel Casey rewrote the script from the original draft by Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken. Paramount Insurge is eyeing a $5 million budget for the thriller, although no production schedule was given.
We’ve now passed the halfway point of 2014, and while we dusted off our awards column Oscar Beat to rundown the post-Cannes Film Festival atmosphere back in May, the Oscar season doesn’t begin in earnest until September. That said, given that fall isn’t the only time of the year that’s considered eligible for awards notice, I thought it fitting to take a look back at the last six months to see what films might pop up in the Oscar conversation later this year. Read on after the jump. The barren wasteland that is January gave us nothing of note with regards to awards consideration, but February provided a serious contender in the Best Animated Feature field: The Lego Movie. Given its massive commercial success and wildly positive reviews, the pic is considered a top player in the Best Animated Feature category (and rightly so) and could indeed go all the way. »
- Adam Chitwood
A pair of titles from Warner Bros. dominated the home video sales charts the week ending June 29, as “300: Rise of an Empire” and “The Lego Movie” accounted for 58% of all disc sales among the top 20.
The historical actioner “300: Rise of an Empire,” a follow-up to the 2007 film “300,” debuted at No. 1 on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart — which tracks overall DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined sales — while the previous week’s top title, “The Lego Movie,” dropped to No. 2 after selling 97% as the “300″ sequel.
The two titles also topped VideoScan’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, with “Lego Movie” selling 73% as many copies of the high-definition format as “300: Rise of an Empire.” Universal’s “Lone Survivor” landed at No. 3 on both charts, dropping a spot from a week earlier.
Rounding out the top five on First Alert, Disney’s megahit “Frozen” moved up to No. 4, with Universal’s “Non-Stop” at No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
When Bill Murray isn’t busy crashing wedding engagement photoshoots and bachelor parties, crooning karaoke with total strangers, tending bar at SXSW, rolling with the Wu-Tang, and generally being awesome, he occasionally makes movies. Given that the acting legend has turned himself into a mythical meme generator in the latter stage of his career, this may come as somewhat of a shock. But it’s true; in 2014 alone, Murray has appeared in roles big and small, ranging from the likes of The Monuments Men to The Grand Budapest Hotel.
For Murray’s devoted patrons, there’s even more of him to go around this fall, in the shape of St. Vincent. At a glance, it’s a movie that tries to have its cake and eat it too, playing off of Murray’s loveable jerk persona for a heartwarming endgame. The film’s ...
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- Andy Crump
Bill Murray plays a nightmare neighbour in the first St Vincent trailer.
The film centres around Vincent, an ageing and broke bachelor whose antagonistic behaviour has left him alone in the world.
When a new neighbour (McCarthy) moves in next door, he forms an unlikely bond with her young son (Jaeden Lieberher).
McCarthy will next be seen in Tammy, which arrives in cinemas this week.
St Vincent will be released in the Us on October 24. A UK release date is yet to be announced. »
Bill Murray’s leading roles are few and far between. The actor makes time for appearances every now and then – most recently in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and George Clooney’s The Monuments Men – but it’s not often he’s the man of the hour. This year, though, he’ll be front and centre in St. Vincent, the anticipated comedy from debut director Theodore Melfi.
The Weinstein Company is releasing the film towards the end of the year, suggesting the possibility of an awards campaign, and now the studio has released the first trailer online.
Maggie and her adopted 12-year-old son, Oliver, move next door to war veteran Vincent, but when Oliver gets locked out after school one day, Vincent allows him to stay at his house until his mom gets home. Because he has bills up to the ceiling and is desperate for cash, he »
- Kenji Lloyd
In looking at the films I consider to be the best of 2014 so far compared to those I consider the worst and most disappointing I have to say, it isn't looking like 2014 is really all that great of a year. Then again, I'm quite fond of my "best of" list so far which includes a nice variety from a couple blockbusters (Edge of Tomorrow, X-Men: Days of Future Past) to a couple films I saw in Cannes last year (Only Lovers Left Alive, Venus in Fur), Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, two great A24 releases in Locke and The Rover and Richard Linklater's Boyhood, which is a bit of a cheat since it doesn't come out until July. Looking at that list of eight films, with two films I saw last year and one that hasn't hit theaters yet, it leaves me with five films I saw »
- Brad Brevet
Leading Dutch production outfit Rinkel Film has revealed further details of its new feature about notorious art forger Han van Meegeren.
It is being produced by Rinkel Film (through Reinier Selen) together with Fu Works (San Fu Maltha) and Cadenza Films (Jeroen Koolbergen). The other partners are, in Luxembourg, Tarantula Luxembourg (Donato Rotunno), and, in Croatia, Nukleus Film Croatia (Sinisa Juricic).
Cineart will release in Benelux.
Among the clients he managed to hoodwink in his shady but illustrious career was leading »
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Gavin O'Conner, the writer-director of Warrior, in on board to pen the script for the new version, which has been described as a cross between The Monuments Men and hockey film Miracle by The Hollywood Reporter.
The 1981 original, known simply as Victory in the Us, centred on a group of Allied prisoners of war who took part in a football match against a German team.
John Huston's film was loosely inspired by the 'Death Match', a mythologised game between former professional footballers from Dynamo Kyiv and Lokomotyv Kyiv, and a side of German air defence artillery.
Escape to Victory was a modest box office hit in the early '80s but has since grown to cult status thanks to its eclectic cast and repeat TV showings.
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
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