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French comedy-drama The Intouchables, about a wealthy quadriplegic who hires a street-wise minority from the projects as his caretaker, grossed over $425 million in theaters worldwide throughout 2012, so naturally rights were quickly acquired for an upcoming English-language retelling of the story. Now it's being reported the U.S. remake, headed up by The Weinstein Company, has finally found its star duo in Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man). Firth, long attached to the project, will take over as Fran?ois Cluzet's wealthy quadriplegic character, while Hart will replace Omar Sy as the young man from the projects who cares for him. Hart brings bankability to the project via a built-in fan base, largely from his stand-up comedy but more recently in films such as Think Like a Man, Ride Along, and About Last Night. However, the large bulk of his work relies on out-and-out hilarity, »
- Jordan Benesh
A simple listing, duplicated from the homepage, of new releases and other stuff currently available, for the benefit of those playing along by RSS or keeping up via the Daily Digest emails.
new Us/Can Sep 30 streaming only Kelly & Cal Believe Me Good People Persecuted Third Person Two Night Stand dvd/streaming Chef Hellion Cold in July Transformers: Age of Extinction Decoding Annie Parker Space Station 76 new UK Sep 29 streaming only Dark Touch Fruitvale Station Edge of Tomorrow (aka Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow) Grace of Monaco Authors Anonymous Of Horses and Men Space Station 76 dvd/streaming Goltzius and the Pelican Company Lilting Errors of the Human Body 300: Rise of an Empire The Wind Rises Blended Fading Gigolo
- MaryAnn Johanson
To celebrate the release of Fruitvale Station – which is out on DVD and Blu-ray here in the UK from Monday, October 6th, and digital download from September 29th – we’ve got three copies of the film on DVD to give away to our readers courtesy of Spirit Entertainment. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan – The Wire), a 22-year-old Oakland, CA resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with, and being a better »
- Gary Collinson
Sffs/Krf grants are awarded twice a year to promising feature film projects that will impact the Bay Area filmmaking community. Nearly $3 million dollars have been granted since the 2009 inception of this flagship program. Winners will be announced in November. Past grant winners include Kat Candler's "Hellion" and Ira Sachs' "Love Is Strange," Destin Cretton's beloved SXSW 2013 prize winner "Short Term 12," Ryan Coogler's critics' baby "Fruitvale Station," winner of prizes at Cannes and the Independent Spirit Awards, and 2013 Best Picture Oscar nominee "Beasts of the Southern Wild" by Benh Zeitlin. Here are this year's finalists: Absence – Cherien Dabis, writer/director/producer – screenwriting A young Palestinian refugee who unexpectedly becomes head of household must sneak into Israel from the West Bank in order to earn a decent enough living to support his family. It's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
One year out from the history-making 2013 Oscars that saw "12 Years a Slave" become the first-ever Best Picture winner from the black perspective, 2014 looks to be a shameful step backward for diversity in Hollywood. According to Gold Derby's overall racetrack odds, there won't be a single African-American actor, actress, director or picture nominated in a top category this year, making 2014 one of the whitest Oscars ever. -Break- 'The Imitation Game' puts pressure on Oscar rivals for Best Picture in latest predictions A year ago, much was made about the great advancement of African-American films and stars in the Oscar derby, including early strong showings on our charts for "12 Years a Slave," "The Butler," "Fruitvale Station" and "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom." But 2013 was the exception, not the rule. A few years back, the 2010 Oscars also featured a lack of African-America »
Zoë Kravitz, Keith Stanfield, Kimberly Elise, rap stars A$AP Rocky and Tyga have all been cast in the new feature film by Rick Famuyiwa ("The Wood," "Brown Sugar," "Our Family Wedding"), titled "Dope," which is described as a coming of age story about geeks growing up in Inglewood, California, trying to avoid gangs, drugs, and crime. Starring Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori ("Grand Budapest Hotel") and Kiersey Clemons, the follows a trio of best friends who are also in their own hip hop – punk band. Significant Productions’ Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi ("Fruitvale Station") are producing the film, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Hayley Atwell will reprise the role of Peggy Carter on the small screen in early 2015, and Marvel have announced two additions to the cast of the eight part Agent Carter TV series. It will air when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes a hiatus and is set before the events of the Marvel One-Shot which was included on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray.
Chad Michael Murray (Fruitvale Station) has been cast in the role of Ssr Agent Jack Thompson, while Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) will portray Agent Daniel Sousa, both of whom will meet Carter while she takes on a new role at the Ssr in New York City. Both are newly created characters, so we can’t turn to the comic books for details!
- Josh Wilding
Marvel’s upcoming ABC series “Agent Carter,” starring Haley Atwell as Peggy Carter, has added Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill,” “Fruitvale Station”) as Strategic Scientific Reserve agent Jack Thompson and Enver Gjokaj (“Dollhouse”) as Ssr agent Daniel Sousa.
The series, from “Captain America” film series scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, will feature Carter attempting to balance routine office work for the Ssr while secretly working on missions with Howard Stark, played by Dominic Cooper.
- Kevin Noonan
Marvel announced today that Chad Michael Murray and Enver Gjokaj have signed on to play series regulars in ABC's mid-season comic book adventure Marvel's Agent Carter, alongside Hayley Atwell as the title character. Take a look at the official press release from Marvel, then read on for new details on the series from directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.
Marvel is proud to announce the signing of two key series regulars, as Chad Michael Murray (Fruitvale Station, One Tree Hill) has been cast in the role of Ssr Agent Jack Thompson, while Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) will portray Agent Daniel Sousa, both of whom will meet Carter while she takes on a new role at the Ssr in New York City.
As confirmed through a photo posted to Lee Daniels’ Twitter feed earlier this week, comedian Mike Epps will play the late iconic stand-up Richard Pryor in the forthcoming biopic directed by Daniels, and produced by media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
As Deadline reports, Epps claimed the role after a phenomenal audition that made it difficult to pass over the actor. He beat out several higher profile young actors, including Marlon Wayans (whom, according to TMZ’s, was the favorite choice of Pryor’s kids), Nick Cannon, and Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan. Additionally, Deadline has stated that both Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway have been auditioning alongside the potential Pryors, with the actresses being looked to for the role of Richard’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor.
- Zachary Shevich
There are a number of promising young actors raising their profiles at the moment, but one of the most exciting of the bunch is Michael B. Jordan. You may remember him breaking your heart during Season One of The Wire or making you swoon with his recurring appearance on NBC’s Parenthood, but he broke out in a big way with last year’s gut-wrenching drama Fruitvale Station, garnering him dramatic clout and even awards consideration. His most high-profile role is yet to come, as he plays the Human Torch in Fox’s 2015 superhero reboot The Fantastic Four, but the actor has given us plenty of reasons to take notice of his talent. Head over to Pepsi Pulse to find out why.
The post Star on the Rise: Why Michael B. Jordan Should Be on Your Radar appeared first on Collider. »
- Collider Staff
David Bordwell, one of film criticism’s eminent scholars and arguably most knowledgeable film historian working today, took to his blog, Observations on Film Art, Sunday to criticize the New York Times for a new series they’ve launched called “The Moviegoers“. In his piece titled “Zip, Zero, Zeitgeist“, Bordwell addresses a trend in film criticism he calls “reflectionism” and cites the Times piece as a somewhat unfortunate example.
Bordwell’s piece questioned whether movies can reflect the “national psyche”, “contemporary history” or “national debates” of the American populace. Do movies and the reception they get at the box office capture the pulse of the nation right now?
“These ideas enjoy an astonishing popularity. They are staples of movie journalism. The trouble is that they don’t hold up,” Bordwell writes, adding, “Movies are worth studying for themselves, not just as channels for Op-Ed memes.”
Bordwell was irked by a »
- Brian Welk
When Michael B. Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch) in Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four reboot, many a fan balked due to the color of his skin, claiming this was not a true representation of the Marvel character. The news has been confirmed for a while now, and it's been rather quiet in terms of whether or not audiences will accept this new interpretation of the Human Torch. Speaking with The Source, the actor hints that the color of Johnny's skin may not be the only thing that has changed.
Michael B. Jordan, who won raves for his performance in Fruitvale Station, but may be best remembered for his role as Haddie Braverman's boyfriend on Parenthood, had this to say about taking on such an iconic Marvel character.
"It's been a lot of fun. Johnny Storm is such an iconic character. There's a lot of »
Sylvester Stallone currently is blowing up movie theaters (figuratively) as a member of The Expendables. But one of Sly.s most iconic franchises plans to continue with his involvement (to a certain extent). We.d heard rumblings about a Creed movie, with Michael B. Jordan playing the pivotal part. Now, we know for sure it.s happening, and probably soon. Last October, we noted that Chonicle star Michael B. Jordan was eyeing the movie Creed, a Rocky spinoff directed by Fruitvale Station helmer Ryan Coogler. The movie is supposed to cast Jordan as the grandson of Apollo Creed.s character . played by Carl Weathers in the original Rocky movies. It also was suggested that Sylvester Stallone would return to the ring to coach Jordan.s young boxer. much the same way that Mickey coached the young Rock way back when this franchise got off the ground. During an interview with »
The indie film will centre around one-time Merchant Marine captain Abner (Lloyd), who decides against the wishes of his daughter (Kaczmarek) to recapture his glory days by building a boat in his front yard.
Fruitvale Station's Richard Bosner will produce the film.
The Boat Builder will begin shooting in the San Francisco area next week. »
Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd is set to lead the cast of The Boat Builder, a drama from writer-director Arnold Grossman about a former Merchant Marine captain bent on constructing a seaworthy vessel in his front yard. Malcolm In The Middle alum Jane Kaczmarek is aboard playing his daughter Katherine, who opposes the scheme, and Denver-based newcomer Tekola Cornetet will play Rick, a bright foster child who befriends Abner during his quest.
The Boat Builder marks the first film for Grossman, an author and former political strategist who produced TV spots for Democratic candidates Pat Schroeder, Gary Hart and Leon Panetta. Project originally was set to star Nebraska‘s Bruce Dern and shoot in La before the Oscar nominee departed the film. Now the SAGIndie feature will shoot in the San Francisco Bay Area starting this month, with Richard Bosner (Fruitvale Station, pictured above with Cornetet and Lloyd) producing. David Lascher, »
- Jen Yamato
Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd, TV veteran Jane Kaczmarek and Denver-based newcomer Tekola Cornetet (pictured above) are set to star in writer-director Arnold Grossman's indie drama “The Boat Builder,” it was announced Wednesday. Richard Bosner, who served as line producer on Sundance award winner “Fruitvale Station,” will produce the “Boat Builder,” which starts production next week in the San Francisco area. Principal photography is expected to last one month. “The Boat Builder” is a family-friendly film that stars Lloyd as Abner, a one-time Merchant Marine captain who in the twilight of his years and against the wishes of his daughter (Kaczmarek), endeavors to. »
- Jeff Sneider
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences has bestowed a grant upon Sundance Institute for the second year running to support professional training and development of emerging feature film artists.
The grant supports four annual Labs hosted by the Institute’s Feature Film Program (Ffp): the June Screenwriters Lab, the Directors Lab, the Creative Producing Lab and the Creative Producing Summit.
Films supported by Ffp include Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda (pictured), Sean Durkin’s Martha Marcy May Marlene, Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre, Cherien Dabis’ Amreeka, Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is giving the nonprofit Sundance Institute a grant to support emerging feature film artists. The grant supports Sundance Feature Film Program's already existing four annual Labs: the June Screenwriters Lab, the Directors Lab, the Creative Producing Lab, and the Creative Producing Summit. Sundance Institute’s Lab programs give aspiring indie filmmakers more skills and knowledge. These Fellows work with experienced mentors and each other to learn the crafts of directing and screenwriting. The Labs encourage collaboration and risk-taking, and there's no question they allow filmmakers to develop first and/or second features that often get made. Look ayt the list of recent films supported by the Ffp: Cutter Hodierne’s "Fishing Without Nets," Malik Vitthal’s "Imperial Dreams," Ryan Coogler’s "Fruitvale Station," Benh Zeitlin’s "easts of »
- Anne Thompson
You may recall back in 2009 the news story about a young 22 year old man named Oscar Grant who was shot by a police officer in a train station in an out-of-control situation that was actually caught on camera by on-lookers on their cell phones. These videos were shown by numerous news stations and made their way across the internet.
The story is a sad one, a tragic one, and one that it is impossible to watch unfold without becoming emotional and feeling angry, yet this film is important and director, Ryan Coogler, does a commendable job, especially when one takes into consideration that this is Coogler’s first feature film. We follow the final day in the life of Oscar, played with conviction by star-in-the-making Michael B. »
- Chris Cummings
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