Joseph Gordon-Levitt Circling Edward Snowden Role In Oliver Stone Film
EXCLUSIVE: Oliver Stone has set his sights on Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play asylum-seeking CIA leaker Edward Snowden in the movie that Stone and his producing partner Moritz Borman intend to shoot beginning in December in Munich. It becomes the latest intriguing role for Gordon-Levitt, who wrapped playing Philippe Petit in the Robert Zemeckis-directed The Walk for Tom Rothman's TriStar and is now shooting Xmas with Seth Rogen at Sony. It hasn't happened yet, but stay… Read
Nick Cave Doc ‘20,000 Days On Earth’ Has Big Three Days in Crowded Specialty Film Box Office
More than a dozen new specialty films crowded the box office this weekend, including films from Terry Gilliam, Kevin Smith and singer Nick Cave. Perhaps not surprisingly, overwhelmed audiences hit a saturation point, leaving several new titles with, at best, only decent debut numbers. Despite the competition, Roadside/Lionsgate's The Skeleton Twins held strong in its second weekend with a sizable expansion, and Snowpiercer continued to release strong VOD grosses alongside… Read
Note To Glenn Close, Hugh Jackman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rupert Grint: Broadway’s Not A Whistle Stop
The most shocking stage news of the week was that Angela Lansbury is getting her Noel Coward act together and taking it on the road. Having filled theaters on Broadway and the West End over the decades, the soon-to-turn-89-year-old will re-create her role as Mme. Arcati in Blithe Spirit, beginning December 9 at the Ahmanson Theatre in LA and ending in March on the other side of the continent at the National Theatre in Washington. She's been playing the eccentric spirit… Read
Katie Holmes To Direct ‘All We Had’
Last month, we told you Katie Holmes optioned the mother-daughter tale All We Had by Annie Weatherwax. Now, she has been set to make the adaptation her directorial debut, and she also will star.
Jane Rosenthal has boarded the project to produce, and The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone will adapt. It's about a mother and daughter, living on the edge of poverty, who find an unlikely home amid the quirky residents of small-town America. Scribner released the novel… Read
Shia LaBeouf’s Broadway Show Ends In Guilty Plea
The Transformers alum today pleaded guilty in Manhattan criminal court to charges stemming from his disrupting a performance of Cabaret on Broadway. Shia LaBeouf was arrested June 26 and charged with one count of criminal trespassing and two counts of disorderly conduct, the latter a violation rather than a criminal offense. The plea bargain includes no lockup or probation; the case would be dismissed if he stays in treatment for three months and out of trouble for… Read
TECH Bits: Streamys Steam Past Sunday Reality Shows Online
Admittedly, they're cherry picking, but the Streamy Awards folks are bragging about the social-media buzz around their online-only show versus two big network reality shows, Fox's just-launched Utopia and the venerable CBS creepfest Big Brother. Here are the numbers:
Okay, they weren't completely cherry-picking: Big Brother and Utopia were the two non-sports shows Sunday night that had the biggest social-media footprint, according to Nielsen's Twitter TV ratings… Read
Hot Trailer: James Franco’s AOL Comedy Series Makes A Scene
AOL continues to beef up its original online-video programming with Making A Scene With James Franco, a 10-episode series featuring the Oscar nominee, Scott Haze and Ahna O'Reilly reimagining iconic movie scenes for their own comedic purposes. Films to get the Franco treatment include The Godfather, Batman, Beetlejuice, Titanic and Grease. He'll also mash-up Reservoir Dogs with Dirty Dancing, and remake The Shining into a romantic comedy, which, of course, it was always… Read
Joan Rivers Triumphs As Broadway Unites To Salute The Late Comedienne
UPDATE FINALE ULTIMO: 10:13 AM: Responding to the outpouring of criticism and general rending of garments over the decision of the Powers-That-Be not to have an industry-wide dimming of marquee lights, the Broadway League has reversed its idiotic ruling.
"Joan Rivers loved Broadway and we loved her,” Charlotte St. Martin, the league's exec director, said in a released statement. “Due to the outpouring of love and respect for Joan Rivers from our community and from her… Read
Patrick Stewart Signs With ICM Partners
EXCLUSIVE: Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG award nominee Sir Patrick Stewart has made it so with ICM Partners. The agency has signed the Star Trek and X-Men thesp as he prepares to return to TV in Starz's 2015 series Blunt Talk, which he'll star in and produce with American Dad's Seth Macfarlane and Jonathan Ames. The acclaimed stage and screen star, whose theater kudos include Olivier Award and Drama Desk award wins, is best known for playing the Enterprise captain Jean-Luc… Read
Joan Rivers’ Funeral Brings Together Cross-Section Of Her Worlds
Rivers, who died at 81 Sept. 4, a week after complications and cardiac arrest occurred from a seemingly routine throat procedure, was remembered at a private funeral today in Manhattan that attracted notables from across the many worlds she inhabited and influenced, including television, comedy, fashion, theater and beyond.
Radio shock jock Howard Stern reportedly gave the eulogy at the Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, in which he said he hoped that "Joan is somewhere… Read
Endemol Beyond USA Launches Reality, Originals Channels With Drea De Matteo Show
Endemol Beyond USA, the digital video unit of the TV production giant, is debuting online-video “hub” sites featuring original and reality programming, with first-look video promos featuring director Kevin Smith and producer Anthony Bregman to be shown during the webcast of tonight's Streamy Awards.
BeyondReality's first show will feature Emmy winner Drea de Matteo, (The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy) and be called The #Muthaship. It is set to debut in the last season of Sons… Read
Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Promises Double Features, Vintage Trailers, Tarantino Films & NO Digital. Ever.
Quentin Tarantino's passion for the New Beverly Cinema began when he was just another kid showing up for the nightly double feature. It grew when he found success as a filmmaker and began to subsidize owner Sherman Torgan to the tune of $5,000 per month to keep the place open. Ultimately Tarantino bought the building and now he's taking over the whole theater from Torgan's son Michael. Tarantino has grand plans to curate a program of films he is confident will please… Read