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Gary Ross to Rewrite and Direct ‘Will’ for Paramount and Gary Sanchez (Exclusive)

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Gary Ross to Rewrite and Direct ‘Will’ for Paramount and Gary Sanchez (Exclusive)
The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross has closed a deal to rewrite the script for the Paramount Pictures and Gary Sanchez Productions dramedy “Will” with plans to direct the project once the script is done.

The previous draft was written by Demetri Martin with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and Kevin Messick producing for Gary Sanchez.

The film is a dramatic comedy that examines the tension between free will and destiny, and the occasional joy of being alive.

A production start date has not yet been set, as execs want Ross focused on the rewrite.

Ross is no stranger to the dramatic comedy genre, cutting his teeth in the ’80s and ’90s writing scripts to classic pics such as “Dave” and “Big,” both of which earned him Oscar nominations for best screenplay. Ross would eventually launch his directing career with the critically acclaimed “Pleasantville” and follow that up with the Oscar-nominated “Seabiscuit.
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Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Film Festival Honors ‘Green Book’ With Vanguard Award

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Film News Roundup: Palm Springs Film Festival Honors ‘Green Book’ With Vanguard Award
In today’s film news roundup, “Green Book” gets a festival honor, the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild names lifetime achievement winners, and indies “Tyger Tyger” and “Sons of the Cross” are heading into production.

Honors

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will present the drama “Green Book” with the Vanguard Award at its annual film awards gala on Jan. 3.

The Vanguard Award is a group honor for a film’s cast and director in recognition of their collective work on an exceptional film project. Actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as well as director Peter Farrelly are expected to attend.

“Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are an on-camera dream team in the crowd-pleasing film ‘Green Book,’ inspired by a true friendship, about a New York City bouncer hired to drive and protect pianist Dr. Don Shirley on a concert tour in the Deep South,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.
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‘Pleasantville’s Themes of Repression Remain Potent 20 Years Later

Not every film is made to stand the test of time, especially those commenting on specific socio-political events or struggles. A film can become dated for a myriad of reasons, some of which are out of the filmmaker’s control. So with the 20th anniversary of writer/director Gary Ross’ film Pleasantville already here—a movie I love, but haven’t seen in quite some time—I was curious to revisit the comedy/drama to see how well it holds up. While the basic premise finds a pair of 90s teenagers being transported into the black-and-white world …
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Jeannine Oppewall To Receive Art Directors’ Lifetime Achievement Award

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Jeannine Oppewall To Receive Art Directors’ Lifetime Achievement Award
Jeannine Oppewall, a four-time Oscar-nominated production designer whose credits include L.A. Confidential and Pleasantville, has been selected to receive the Art Directors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor will be presented February 2 at during guild’s 23rd annual Adg Awards ceremony at the Wilshire Grand Ballroom.

Oppewall’s four Oscar noms came for L.A. Confidential, Pleasantville, Seabiscuit and most recently for 2007’s The Good Shepherd. Her production designer career began with 1983’s Tender Mercies, and her credits include Wonder Boys, Rules Don.t Apply, Snow Falling on Cedars, Catch Me if You Can and Bridges of Madison County.

.Jeannine is one of our most treasured Production Designers whose 40-year career continues to flourish, right up to the current Best of Enemies,” said Nelson Coates, president of the Adg, in announcing the honor. “She is a most deserving recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award. We are proud to honor her outstanding career and cinematic contributions.
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Here’s Everything Coming to and Leaving Hulu in November

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Hulu’s slate of new titles arriving on the platform in November is here.

Wonder,” starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, will arrive on Hulu Nov. 2. The movie, based on the novel of the same name, tells the story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters the fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

The complete series of “Married with Children” will arrive on the platform on Nov. 9, and the Season 1 premiere of “The Bisexual” will drop on Nov. 16. The “Oceans” trilogy will also become available, beginning Nov. 1.

Also Read: Hulu in Talks to Create a Smaller, More Affordable TV Bundle

Here’s the complete list of titles coming to and leaving Hulu below.

Available Nov. 1

K: Complete Season 2 (Dubbed) (Viz)

Sailor Moon: Complete Season 3 (Dubbed) (Viz)

Six: Complete Season 2 (History)

10 to Midnight (1983)

28 Days Later (2002)

2001 Maniacs (2005)

The Accused (1988)

The Adventures of Priscilla,
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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘The Cooler’

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William H. Macy movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Fargo,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘The Cooler’
William H. Macy received his fifth Emmy nomination in 2018 for playing Frank Gallagher, the outright horrible father of the Gallagher clan on “Shameless.” In total Macy has received a whopping 14 Emmy nominations for his work as an actor, writer, and producer. He won for two of those nominations back in 2003 for his acting and writing the TV movie “Door to Door.” While he has yet to take home an Emmy for “Shameless,” he has won the Screen Actors Guild Award three times. But it’s his film career for the focus of our photo gallery above, so take a tour of Macy’s 15 greatest movies, ranked from worst to best.

Macy had a long career on the stage and in episodic television and film, seemingly destined to be one of those actors who works steadily but never really becomes a household name. That changed in the mid-1990s. After appearing
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West Coast Iatse Talks to Resume as Contract Expiration Looms

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The West Coast members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees — Hollywood’s key below-the-line union — are returning to the bargaining table on Tuesday, only a week prior to the current contract’s expiration.

Iaste has held two rounds of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, one in early April and the most recent on June 26 to June 29. The negotiations are for a successor deal to the current three-year master contract covering 13 Hollywood locals, including Cinematographers Guild Local 600, Editors Guild Local 700, and Art Directors Guild Local 800. In total, the contract covers more than 43,000 employees.

The current deal expires on July 31. Key issues that have emerged in the talks have included continued funding for the union’s pension plan and safety issues, including excessive hours.

The AMPTP did not respond to a request for comment. The negotiations have been taking place under a news blackout.

The
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West Coast Iatse Contract Talks Scheduled to Resume July 24

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The West Coast members of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Employees — Hollywood’s key below-the-line union — will return to the bargaining table on July 24 after a four-week hiatus, a source close to the talks told Variety.

Iaste has held two rounds of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, one in early April and the most recent on June 26-29. The negotiations are for a successor deal to the current three-year master contract covering 13 Hollywood locals, including Cinematographers Guild Local 600, Editors Guild Local 700, and Art Directors Guild Local 800. In total, the contract covers more than 25,000 employees.

The current deal expires on July 31, so the talks would resume a week before that. A source told Variety that talks have included continued funding for the union’s pension plan and safety issues.

The AMPTP did not respond to a request for comment. The issue of long hours is part of the negotiations.
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Hollywood Is Only Hurting Itself by Playing Things Safe: How ‘Ocean’s 8’ and ‘Solo’ Prove Blockbusters Need Better Directors

Hollywood Is Only Hurting Itself by Playing Things Safe: How ‘Ocean’s 8’ and ‘Solo’ Prove Blockbusters Need Better Directors
When “Ocean’s Eleven” hit theaters in December of 2001, just 12 days before the release of “The Fellowship of the Ring,” the film industry was about to face an existential dilemma. Hollywood has always been caught in a tug-of-war between risk and reward, but the emergence of digital technology — and the supposed “death” of mid-budget movies that it precipitated — was just starting to exert a strong new pull.

As the star system faded, the studios grew less inclined to shoot for the moon. Budgets grew, ambition shrank, and franchises that needed to perform on six continents just to break even began to inherit the Earth. Today, as the “Ocean’s” franchise has been exhumed with an anonymous director at the helm, the normalization of this process is complete. While “Ocean’s Eight” is due to perform well during its opening weekend, a recent wave of vanilla studio misfires — coupled with a
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Canon Of Film: ‘Big’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we take honor the release of ‘Ocean’s 8‘ by taking a look back at one of Gary Ross’ early screenwriting achievements in ‘Big‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Big (1988)

Director: Penny Marshall

Screenplay: Gary Ross & Anne Spielberg

Having seen ‘Big‘ so often, that the magic of it has worn thin on me, I notice on my latest viewing something I hadn’t thought of before, in that now that Josh has returned to being a normal 13-year old, what will happen to him. Is he a normal 13-year old anymore, after spending six weeks as an adult working in the corporate market, having sex with women, earning a paycheck, going on dates, exactly how will his life change after this experience? It’s probably not much of a point that people will observe watching the film,
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Movie Review – Ocean’s 8 (2018)

Ocean’s 8, 2018.

Directed by Gary Ross.

Starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Richard Armitage, James Corden, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Dakota Fanning.

Synopsis:

Debbie Ocean gathers an all-female crew to attempt an impossible heist at New York City’s yearly Met Gala.

Ocean’s 8 is a breezy, flashy heist flick that will quickly pass some time on a hot summer day, but really, these actresses deserve more complex characters to inhabit, blockbuster or not. From the opening moments, information is given that Debbie (Sandra Bullock) is related to the deceased Danny from the previous capers as she is set free from incarceration after serving five years. Ordered not to stick around any enablers for her kleptomaniac behavior, naturally, Debbie doesn’t listen and immediately reunites with her friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) to begin planning an audacious jewelry heist at New York’s Met
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West Coast Iatse Contract Talks Scheduled to Resume June 26

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The West Coast members of the Intl. Alliance of Theatrical Employees — Hollywood’s key below-the-line union — will return to the bargaining table on June 26 after a two-month hiatus.

The first round of negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers began April 2 and broke off three days later. The negotiations are for a successor deal to the current three-year master contract covering 13 Hollywood locals, including Cinematographers Guild Local 600, Editors Guild Local 700, and Art Directors Guild Local 800. The current deal expires on July 31.

“On April 5, we put the negotiations on hold when it became clear that the employer was not prepared to address our key priorities of safety, sustainability and equity,” the Cinematographers Guild said in a May 21 message to members. “We will resume negotiations on June 26, 27 & 28.”

The AMPTP did not respond to a request for comment. The issue of excessive hours is part of the negotiations. The issue
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New ‘Ocean’s 8’ Trailer, Character Posters & One-Sheet Highlight Top-Notch Cast

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer along with a batch of posters for the upcoming reboot/sequel, ‘Ocean’s 8‘. We’ve already seen two different trailers for the film, but now that we’re quickly approaching the film’s release in a couple of weeks, it seems that the marketing has begun to pick up. The new trailer focuses more on the character interactions this time around and less son the story. To be quite honest, the biggest selling point of this film is the amazing female cast that it boasts. Overall, this trailer does a great job of selling what these movies are all about– a bunch of movie stars getting together to make a movie and having a great time doing it.

The new one-sheet is very similar to the original teaser poster, but it offers a nice amount of symmetry and a decent enough look at the cast.
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Jeff Daniels (‘The Looming Tower’) serenades Emmy voters in New York City [Watch]

Jeff Daniels (‘The Looming Tower’) serenades Emmy voters in New York City [Watch]
“I think we all know world-class actors — maybe one or two or three — who are also very good at something else … but I have never met a world-class actor who is just as good at something else. You’re about to see what I mean,” said Aaron Sorkin, introducing a special musical performance by Jeff Daniels at the Django cocktail bar at the Roxy Hotel in New York City on May 24. Daniels was on hand for a special Emmy Fyc screening of the finale episode of Hulu’s limited series “The Looming Tower.” And it’s not every day that Emmy voters are serenaded by TV stars. Watch above.

Jeff Daniels is best known for his work as an actor. His numerous film roles include “Terms of Endearment” (1983), “Pleasantville” (1998) and “The Squid and the Whale” (2005). And he won an Emmy for Best Drama Actor in 2013 for his role as journalist
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Jeff Daniels Is at the Peak of His Career in Two Roles Decades and Worlds Apart — Career Watch

Jeff Daniels Is at the Peak of His Career in Two Roles Decades and Worlds Apart — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jeff Daniels, who’s riding the swells during the current television tsunami. He’s not only in constant demand, but the adroit character actor has become a star.

Bottom Line: Always a reliable working actor in movies, theater and television, 62-year-old Daniels broke out in his 50s with a huge career boost from Aaron Sorkin, who cast him as a gruff workaholic network anchor Will McAvoy in HBO’s Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series “The Newsroom.” After playing the character, a news veteran trying to keep up with the times, Daniels hasn’t looked back. “I’m working in my 60s,” he marveled. “Look at any decade in my career: it’s not how they draw it up in star school. The only way to
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Jeff Daniels Is at the Peak of His Career in Two Roles Decades and Worlds Apart — Career Watch

Jeff Daniels Is at the Peak of His Career in Two Roles Decades and Worlds Apart — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jeff Daniels, who’s riding the swells during the current television tsunami. He’s not only in constant demand, but the adroit character actor has become a star.

Bottom Line: Always a reliable working actor in movies, theater and television, 62-year-old Daniels broke out in his 50s with a huge career boost from Aaron Sorkin, who cast him as a gruff workaholic network anchor Will McAvoy in HBO’s Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series “The Newsroom.” After playing the character, a news veteran trying to keep up with the times, Daniels hasn’t looked back. “I’m working in my 60s,” he marveled. “Look at any decade in my career: it’s not how they draw it up in star school. The only way to
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Trailer Binge: ‘Solo’,’ Ocean’s 8′, ‘American Animals’, ‘Hot Summer Nights’, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’

Welcome to Trailer Binge, a recurring feature where we get a chance to catch up on some of the recent trailer releases in the past week. Whether it be indie releases, or recent movie and TV trailers that may have otherwise slipped through the cracks, Trailer Binge allows us to catch up on the seemingly constant onslaught of new new content being released each week.

In this edition of Trailer Binge, we take a look at trailers for ‘Ocean’s 8‘, ‘American Animals‘ and ‘Hot Summer Nights‘. Also we showcase trailers for the amazon studios Series ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock‘ and ‘Rocky & Bullwinkle‘, along with a brand-new Tv spot for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘. Let the Trailer binge begin!

‘Ocean’s 8’ Trailer #2

Gary Ross, the filmmaker behind The Hunger Games and Pleasantville, co-wrote the screenplay with Olivia Milch. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson,
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The Best Animal Movie Characters of the 21st Century, From Black Phillip to Bunzo

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We here at IndieWire care deeply about animals. So much so, in fact, that we racked our brains, debated among ourselves, and got into shouting matches over the relative merits of our favorite four-legged movie characters (okay, maybe not that last part).

A few ground rules came into play when whittling down our selections. Live-action animals made the cut, as did CGI creations in live-action films; fully animated productions, however, did not (sorry, Dante from “Coco”). We’ve been blessed with many great cinematic creatures in recent years, some of whom are no longer with us. Lucky, then, that their work is immortalized onscreen.

20. Marvin, “Paterson”

There are many reasons why Jim Jarmusch’s remarkable “Paterson” shouldn’t have worked, but principal among them is its heavy reliance on an actual performance from an English Bulldog. The story of a bus-driving poet (Adam Driver) from New Jersey, the film follows
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Canon Of Film: ‘Pleasantville’

In this edition of Canon Of Film, we look back at Gary Ross‘ directorial debut and instant classic, ‘Plesantville‘. For the story behind the genesis of the Canon, you can click here.

Pleasantville (1998)

Director/Screenplay: Gary Ross

As the nation heads towards another election shortly, the national debate has become strikingly philosophical. Phrases like “Family Values” and “The Role of Government” always come up, never has the divide, in my memory, been so drastic. It’s at times like these, that I find myself thinking about Gary Ross’s film ‘Pleasantville‘. Ross has one of the best resumes for someone with so few credits. Ross became known for co-writing the film ‘Big‘, which earned him an Oscar nomination, as did his second screenplay ‘Dave‘. He made the sports biopic, ‘Seabiscuit‘, the animated film “The Tale of Despereaux” and more recently, the ‘The Hunger Games‘ film as well as the Civil
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First ‘Ocean’s 8′ Trailer Reveals the Star-Studded Spinoff

Warner Bros. has released the first Ocean’s 8 trailer for the upcoming spinoff film, and although it’s only tangentially related to Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s trilogy, it appears the suave and stylish spirit of the series is still intact. The Hunger Games and Pleasantville filmmaker Gary Ross directs the new film, which stars Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean, the sister of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean. When this film begins she’s fresh out of prison and assembles a team of her own to pull off a unique heist at the Met Gala. While one may think …
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