Roy Orbison Biopic In Works; Ray Gideon & Bruce Evans To Write Script
EXCLUSIVE: The estate of iconic singer Roy Orbison has pledged its cooperation in The Big O: Roy Orbison, setting up what will be the first estate-authorized movie biopic. Ray Gideon & Bruce Evans have been set to write the script. It will be a family affair: Marty Katz will produce with Alex Orbison and Roy Orbison Jr, and Wesley Orbison will be exec producer along with Chuck Fleckenstein and Ron Moore. Those are the surviving children of the singer, whose Roy’s Boys LLC… Read
‘Denial’ Review: Rachel Weisz Stars In Powerful True Story Of Demagogue’s Libel Trial That Has Eerie Echoes Of Trump
Although the libel trial brought by British Holocaust denier David Irving against the American academic Deborah Lipstadt happened nearly 20 years ago, it simply could not be more pertinent today. With the level of discourse about various attacks on the truth and a certain current presidential campaign that had its beginnings on a lie and the birther movement, the issues brought up in the incredibly powerful and fascinating new drama Denial not only make this movie vital… Read
Mike Epps Steps Into Eli Roth’s ‘Death Wish’
EXCLUSIVE: Mike Epps is joining Bruce Willis in Eli Roth's remake of Death Wish for MGM/Paramount. Epps will play Dr. Chris Salgado, a playboy doctor and close friend of Willis’ character Paul Kersey. Kersey’s life has been destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. Frustrated that the bad guys for the crime were never brought to justice, Kersey starts hunting them down. Roger Birnbaum is producing the film. Epps will star alongside Dean Norris and… Read
Max Casella Joins Woody Allen’s Untitled Film; Gilbert Owuor Cast In ‘Mute’
Woody Allen’s untitled film has added yet another Sopranos alum to its cast. Max Casella, who played Benny Fazio for five seasons on the HBO series, has been cast in the upcoming feature from Amazon Studios. He joins former Sopranos Steven Schirripa and Tony Sirico as well as Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, and James Belushi. The film, a period drama set in the late '50s, is written and helmed by Allen. He is producing along with Letty Aronson and Edward… Read
Suki Waterhouse Schedules A Date With ‘Jonathan’
EXCLUSIVE: Insurgent star Suki Waterhouse has boarded the Bill Oliver-helmed sci-fi drama Jonathan opposite Ansel Elgort and Patricia Clarkson. Jonathan, which is shooting, follows a guy with a routine day: He leaves the office at noon and sleeps during the second half of his day. But every morning he wakes up, there is a breakfast prepared for him along with a video telling him about the second part of his day.
The British fashion model-actress will play Elena, the love… Read
Brad Anderson Set To Direct Gary Whitta-Scripted ‘FATE’
EXCLUSIVE: Brad Anderson has been set by financier-producer Amasia Entertainment to direct FATE, an original script by Gary Whitta, the scribe who wrote The Book Of Eli and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Anderson reunites with Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo’s Amasia after they collaborated on the Halle Berry-Abigail Breslin hit The Call. FATE is casting up now for a production start in the spring.
The setup: Virgil is a man on the edge, all too familiar with the back… Read
Trump Will Hate This: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Takes On Virtual Reality Short On Refugees Crossing Mexican Border
While two-time Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu hasn’t fixed on a movie project after his harrowing Best Picture nominee The Revenant, he is working on an intriguing sideline: a virtual reality short. It’s one that he’s been developing for four years, and the short is being produced and financed by Legendary Entertainment and Fondazione Prada, which announced it. ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm's recently established Immersive Entertainment division, will build the… Read
George Lucas Endows Haskell Wexler Chair In Documentary At USC School Of Cinematic Arts
The George Lucas Family Foundation has established the Haskell Wexler Endowed Chair in Documentary at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in honor of the documentarian and two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer. The first holder of the Wexler Chair is Michael Renov, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at SCA and a professor in the Bryan Singer Division of Cinema & Media Studies.
"Haskell Wexler wasn't just one kind of artist, he had many different interests and brought them all to… Read
Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick & Angus Macfadyen Enroll In ‘Business Ethics’
EXCLUSIVE: Business Ethics, the dark comedy from Innis Lake Entertainment and Know Rules Media, has set Kurtwood Smith, Lance Reddick and Angus Macfadyen for supporting roles in the Nick Wernham-directed pic. Starring Larenz Tate, the film is based on a short from Wernham of the same name about a man who sets out to run a Ponzi scheme. Shooting will commence in October.
Smith will play Magnus Hardcastle, a rich, greedy, self-confident, and self-made businessman, who works… Read
David Mamet To Direct Movie Adaptation Of His Hollywood Play ‘Speed-The-Plow’
EXCLUSIVE: David Mamet has stepped up to direct his scripted adaptation of Speed-The-Plow, Mamet’s scathing 1988 stage play about Hollywood. The set up: newly minted studio chief Bobby Gould, who is under pressure to deliver a hit. His longtime colleague Charlie Fox gifts him with one that will enable the studio chief to land a superstar who always works for the competition. This leads the men to Karen, an attractive temp secretary, and a bet on who'll bed her. Turns… Read
‘Fantastic Beasts’ Trailer: A Few Lessons From The Wizarding Community Of New York
Warner Bros has conjured up the final trailer for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the next big-screen take on the Wizarding World created by JK Rowling. The David Yates-directed pic is due out November 18 with Eddie Redmayne as preeminent "magizoologist" Newt Scamander. When he stops in New York following his travels to find and document magical creatures, a whole host of havoc is wreaked on the city. Check out the latest look above.
Warners has also announced a… Read
‘Miss Peregrine’ To Punish Competition At Weekend Box Office – Preview
So far at the fall domestic box office we’ve seen a slew of misfires out of the gate including Blair Witch, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Snowden, The Light Between Oceans, Morgan, The Disappointments Room and The Wild Life. Even though some wide product has moved off the fall schedule, it’s still a vicious marketplace particularly since it’s a sleepy time at multiplexes. This weekend alone, there’s only 4% of K-12 schools out, and 1% of colleges according to ComScore. Let’s hope… Read