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 our original report from April revealed that she was set to play Dalton Trumbo's wife, but The Wrap reports that she is actually playing gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, who constantly went after the writer and supported him being blacklisted.
Jessica, whose father was actor John Drew Barrymore, was found dead in her parked vehicle; Drew wishes her "as much peace as possible."
The film will be based on the 1969 French crime drama A Bigger Splash, which follows an uneasy love triangle that forms between a couple and a young woman during the couple's vacation. Their tryst leads to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.
Shooting is set to start in Italy next month.
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Glee star Harry Shum Jr. has signed on for one of the four lead roles in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II - The Green Destiny for The Weinstein Company.
The story centers on four martial arts masters, Silent Wolf, Yu Shu-lien, Tie-Fang and Snow Vase, who band together to stop the villainous Hades Dai from obtaining a legendary sword known as the Green Destiny. We reported in April that Donnie Yen is portraying Silent Wolf, with Michelle Yeoh reprising her role from the original Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as Yu Shu-lien. Harry Shum Jr. is portraying Tie-Fang. We also reported last August that Ziyi Zhang is returning as Jen Yu from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in flashback sequences.
Legendary director and fight choreographer Woo-ping Yuen is directing from from a script by John Fusco, which is set 20 years after the events portrayed in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Production is slated to begin this week, with filming set to take place in China and New Zealand.
From Germany to Korea, the places that have produced some of cinema’s greatest visionaries.
Heavyweights like USC and NYU hold strong, but the other contenders are closer than you think.
THR looks at where talents such as Seth MacFarlane, Alexander Payne, Darren Aronofsky and "Frozen" co-director Jennifer Lee got their starts.
The story of how Mary Shelley came to write Frankenstein has been well documented, but how about how she came to be Mary Shelley. A Storm In The Stars promises to explore the younger romantic life of the real-life author, with Elle Fanning set to star.
A Storm In The Stars finds Wadjida director Haifaa Al-Mansour working from a script by Emma Jensen that charts the passionate love affair between the 17-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft and Percy Shelley, the charismatic poet and her future husband. It’s set just one year before Mary would craft her tale of man trying to create life from death.
"Elle is amazingly smart and talented and very much relates to Mary as a young woman," producer Amy Baer tells The Hollywood Reporter. "She is going to do something extraordinary in this role that will transition her from a compelling young adult to a formidable leading lady."
Fanning, who most recently appeared opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent, has also recently signed to star in How To Talk To Girls At Parties, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s short story. She’ll next be heard in Laika’s latest animation The Boxtrolls, which arrives here on September 12.
They may not have shared any scenes, but Bryan Cranston and John Goodman were both great in Argo. Now they may get the chance to shine together as director Jay Roach has Goodman in talks for a role in Trumbo, which Cranston is locked to star in alongside Helen Mirren.
It’ll be based on the experiences of Trumbo, who was locked up in 1950 for refusing to answer questions before the notorious House Un-American Activities Committee, led by Senator Joseph McCarthy. The panel was obsessed with rooting out suspected communists in Hollywood and for his stance, Trumbo was blacklisted and refused work. He managed to score assignments under various pseudonyms, but it wasn't until Spartacus in 1960 that he got public credit for his work again.
Assuming he accepts the job offer, Goodman would play Frank King, a powerful producer in Hollywood who hires Trumbo to work for him despite his presence on the blacklist. The writer scored an Oscar for his work on King’s The Brave One. And according to The Wrap, Mirren will not, as previously thought, be playing Trumbo’s wife, but is instead set as Hedda Hopper, the gossip columnist who supported the writer’s blacklisting.
Roach will direct from John McNamara’s script, and he’s getting set to shoot soon. Goodman, who was last heard rather than seen as Hound in Transformers: Age Of Extinction, will next show up in The Gambler alongside the Michael Bay film’s human star, Mark Wahlberg.
The "Primary" director was influential in the cinema verite style of filmmaking.
Out this Friday, Joss Whedon: The Biography delves into the life of the filmmaker as told by author Amy Pascale, with a foreword by Nathan Fillion. In it, fans will get to peer into the making of Marvel's The Avengers. And one of the cooler things included is an email from star of the movie Tom Hiddleston, who plays the evil brother of Thor, Loki.
Joss, I am so excited I can hardly speak.
The first time I read it I grabbed at it like Charlie Bucket snatching for a golden ticket somewhere behind the chocolate in the wrapper of a Wonka Bar. I didn't know where to start. Like a classic actor I jumped in looking for LOKI on every page, jumping back and forth, reading words in no particular order, utterances imprinting themselves like flash-cuts of newspaper headlines in my mind: "real menace"; "field of obeisance"; "discontented, nothing is enough"; "his smile is nothing but a glimpse of his skull"; "Puny god".
... Thank you for writing me my Hans Gruber. But a Hans Gruber with super-magic powers. As played by James Mason... It's high operatic villainy alongside detached throwaway tongue-in-cheek; plus the "real menace" and his closely guarded suitcase of pain. It's grand and epic and majestic and poetic and lyrical and wicked and rich and badass and might possibly be the most gloriously fun part I've ever stared down the barrel of playing. It is just so juicy.
I love how throughout you continue to put Loki on some kind of pedestal of regal magnificence and then consistently tear him down. He gets battered, punched, blasted, side-swiped, roared at, sent tumbling on his back, and every time he gets back up smiling, wickedly, never for a second losing his eloquence, style, wit, self-aggrandizement or grandeur, and you never send him up or deny him his real intelligence.... That he loves to make an entrance; that he has a taste for the grand gesture, the big speech, the spectacle. I might be biased, but I do feel as though you have written me the coolest part.
... But really I'm just sending you a transatlantic shout-out and fist-bump, things that traditionally British actors probably don't do. It's epic.
Tom, this is one of those emails you keep forever. Thanks so much. It's more articulate (and possibly longer) than the script. I couldn't be more pleased at your reaction, but I'll also tell you I'm still working on it ... Thank you again. I'm so glad you're pleased. Absurd fun to ensue.
Best, (including uncharacteristic fist bump), joss.
Marvel's The Avengers is the third highest grossing movie of all time, and a sequel is coming next summer. Though Tom Hiddleston most likely won't be in it (that could change). The film has gone onto gross more than $1.5 billion worldwide, but success wasn't always imminent. Joss Whedon was tasked with rewriting a screenplay by The Incredible Hulk writer Zak Penn, with the initial draft being thrown completely out the window. After impressing Marvel with a 5-page treatment, he went to work on a new draft that went through several more iterations and collaborations with the cast.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.
Bron Studios will produce the psychological drama, Meadowland, starring Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne, it was announced today by Aaron L. Gilbert, Bron's Managing Director.
The film marks the feature directorial debut of award-winning cinematographer Reed Morano, with a screenplay by Chris Rossi. Morano's credits include The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings, HBO's Looking and Frozen River. She is a member of the A.S.C.
Meadowland is a Bron Studios production in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance; Matt Tauber and Olivia Wilde are producing, alongside Bron's Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Jennifer Levine and Jason Cloth serve as executive producers. Richard Hicks C.S.A. is the casting director.
The film will begin production in New York City in mid-August.
In Meadowland a couple, Sarah (Wilde) and David (Wilson) deal with the unthinkable in the wake of their son's disappearance. David, a New York City policeman, attempts a more traditional form of healing, only to lose his moral compass. Sarah goes down an unexpected path towards acceptance as she places herself in increasingly dangerous situations.
Wilde was recently seen in the Academy Award-winning Her, Rush and Drinking Buddies. Wilson appears in the upcoming The Skeleton Twins and has starred in such films as Old School and The Royal Tenenbaums and on the HBO series Enlightened. Elisabeth Moss is well known to TV audiences from Mad Men and Top of the Lake and will next be seen on screen in The One I Love and Listen Up Philip. Lyonne was recently seen in the indie hit G.B.F. and co-stars on the Netflix hit series Orange Is the New Black.
As if Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s The Revenant wasn’t already loaded down with great talent, plus some chancer named Leonardo DiCaprio, the director is adding one more solid actor to the line-up. Domhnall Gleeson is now in negotiations.
Adapted from Michael Punke’s novel by Mark L. Smith and the director, The Revenant follows an ill-fated fur trapping expedition to chilly 1820s South Dakota. Hunter Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) is mauled by a bear in the harsh climate, and his companions leave him for dead. To add insult to injury, two men are assigned to bury what everyone assumes is his dead body. But the greedy pair decides to rob him and leave him helpless instead. Glass recovers, and swears bloody revenge...
Gleeson joins a cast that already includes the aforementioned Leo plus Tom Hardy and Will Poulter, creating quite the line-up. Iñárritu plans to put them through hell in a couple of months.
As for Gleeson’s current gigs, he was most recently seen alongside his father Brendan in Calvary and will appear in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken and techno thriller Ex Machina. Oh, and he’s also at work on some small other science fiction project that features robots, Jedis and Wookiees, and has the potential for a war among the stars.It'll be out in December 15 next year, but we can’t think what it’s called for the life of us.
He’s already partnering with Fast & Furious writer Chris Morgan to oversee the development of the studio’s new breed of monster movies, but Alex Kurtzman is looking to get involved with The Mummy in a much closer fashion – he’s in the final stages of hammering out a deal to direct it.
Universal’s attempt to resurrect what it hopes will be an evergreen franchise has seen some frustration of late, with different script drafts from the likes of Jon Spaihts and Kurtzman himself, working with former producing partner Roberto Orci. And the beast has grabbed then discarded at least two other potential directors in Len Wiseman and Mama's Andy Muschietti.
The new take on the Egyptian creature will be closer in tone to Stephen Sommers’ two entries – less a direct horror piece, a rip-roaring action adventure, albeit set in the present day. “Over the course of developing The Mummy, Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology," Universal co-president of production Jeff Kirschenbaum tells The Hollywood Reporter. "He knows why The Mummy has fascinated us for so long and how to bring that into an inventive, incredible new adventure. It became obvious that he is the perfect choice to be not only one of the narrative engineers of this new vision but its director as well.”
It’ll make Kurtzman’s first foray into big-scale directing following his low-budget debut, People Like Us. And while he’s also attached to make the Venom film for Sony, The Mummy may end up going into production first as the Spider-plans are all in limbo at the moment.
Two weeks ago, Universal Pictures announced it is moving forward with plans to construct a massive, interconnected monster movie universe with writer-producers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. Today, we have word that Alex Kurtzman is in final talks to direct the first entry into this franchise, the Untitled Mummy Reboot.
Len Wiseman (Total Recall) was initially attached to direct before he bowed out, paving the way for Andres Muschietti (Mama) to come on board before he left in May. However, both of those filmmakers were on board before this inter-connected monster universe was hatched. The Mummy Reboot will be the first project launched within this cinematic universe, setting the tone for those that come after it.
While no plot details have been confirmed, insiders claim that the project is set in present day, with a whole new set of characters. The reboot is said to be more of an action-adventure with horror elements, instead of a straight-up horror vehicle.
"Over the course of developing The Mummy, Alex has demonstrated such clarity and passion about this character and mythology. He knows why The Mummy has fascinated us for so long and how to bring that into an inventive, incredible new adventure. It became obvious that he is the perfect choice to be not only one of the narrative engineers of this new vision but its director as well."
No production schedule was given. Alex Kurtzman made his directorial debut with the 2012 drama People Like Us, and he is currently attached to direct the Venom spin-off for Sony Pictures, but that project currently doesn't have a spot on Sony's release calendar as of yet.
We just have one day and a half to go until Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters for its Midnight preview, which is happening tomorrow night in theaters across the country. Marvel and Disney show no signs of slowing down the hype machine, hoping to get you excited and sitting in that seat! We have our fifth story of the day, which just happens to be a shortened version of the trailer recreated in LEGO bricks. Check out this new piece created by Marvel and Lego fan, YouTube star Forrest Whaley, which introduces our team of assassins, thugs and thieves in plastic form! We also have a new TV spot that calls Guardians of the Galaxy this generation's Star Wars.
Brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
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Guardians of the Galaxy comes to theaters August 1st, 2014 and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan. The film is directed by James Gunn.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the Western as 1820s fur trader Hugh Glass, who is mauled by an enormous grizzly bear and then robbed by a group of men before being left for dead. After he somehow manages to survive, Hugh sets off on a quest for vengeance against those who robbed him. No details were given for Domhnall Gleeson's role. He joins a cast that also incldues Tom Hardy and Will Poulter in unspecified roles.
Alejandro González Iñárritu is directing from an adapted script he wrote with Mark L. Smith, based on the Michael Punke novel of the same name. Steve Golin, Keith Redmon, David Kanter, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole are producing, with shooting scheduled to begin this fall.