Richard Linklater Cast For Career Achievement Award
The Casting Society of America will present Boyhood helmer Richard Linklater with its award for Career Achievement at the 30th Annual Artios Awards. The award will be presented January 22. The Artios Career Achievement Award recognizes an individual's contributions to the entertainment industry and inclusion of the casting director in the overall creative process.
Linklater has directed seventeen features and the 12 year time lapse drama Boyhood remains squarely in the… Read
Josh Boone Says Warner Bros Will Turn Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Into Four Films
Just when it seemed like studios like Warner Bros had surrendered themselves to superheroes and low-risk sequels, The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone says that the studio plans to allow him to turn Stephen King's epic novel The Stand into a four-part franchise. The studio has been trying to figure out what I would say is King's finest novel, in which the civilized world ends due to a viral genocide and the remaining population comes together in a battle between… Read
‘Hunger Games’ Devours $17M To Open Arctic Box Office Weekend
The eastern seaboard's deep freeze couldn't keep away those Hunger Games fanatics determined to pay $17M in tribute to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, which began its pummeling of the box office competition Thursday night — though with less severity than its predecessors.
Despite a start more sluggish out of the gate than earlier Hunger installments, the third rendition of the Y.A. juggernaut remains a social media phenom. The Jennifer Lawrence series… Read
Bill Cosby To Remain In ‘Painted Down’ Docu As It Seeks Distribution Deal
Bill Cosby may have been dumped by everyone else amid allegations of sexual abuse, but documentary filmmaker Nonie Robinson is sticking by him. Cosby was one of many black actors she's interviewed for her documentary Painted Down, which tells the little-known history of white stunt performers who were "painted down" to make them look black so that they could double for black actors. In his interview for the film, Cosby recounted how this was done to his white stuntman on… Read
‘Imitation Game’ No Pretender At UK Box Office
The Imitation Game has played a huge part in reclaiming the priceless contribution made by Alan Turing during World War II, with Benedict Cumberbatch deservedly receiving strong notices for his performance as the brilliant and tragic scientist.
For a film that celebrates mathematical genius, it is perhaps fitting that some new analysis is revealing just how stellar its UK box office opening has been. Morten Tyldum's film outperformed expectations with its eye-catching… Read
Towering John Lithgow Dominates ‘Delicate Balance’ Revival On Broadway
A storm rages at the center of the Broadway revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. Although camouflaged in the elegant, comfortable mufti of the affluent upper classes, it's leveling everyone in its wake while leaving the building intact, like a neutron bomb. Its name is John Lithgow. Don't be fooled by the Fair Isle sweater vest, the plaid trousers and tattersall shirt, the leather elbow patches. Don't get comfortable. Devastation looms like the unnamed terror… Read
Chris Pratt Circles ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’
Chris Pratt has been offered everything since Guardians Of The Galaxy. Let's keep our eyes on Cowboy Ninja Viking, Universal's adaptation of the graphic novel. Not sure which of the three he'll play, but Pratt has been circling the picture for some time, and now I hear things are starting to move. Actually, he plays all three in writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo's graphic novel about a highly trained assassin - suffering from multiple personality disorder… Read
‘Everly’ Producers Eye Black List Action-Thriller ‘Dig’
EXCLUSIVE: Vega, Baby!, the new production and finance outfit from Ricky Budhrani and Everly producer Adam Ripp, has optioned Black List 2013 genre script Dig, by scribe Adam Taylor Barker. The action-thriller set in the Appalachian Mountains tracks Sol, a tough-as-nails grave digger out for revenge after his father-in-law kidnaps his daughters.
Vega, Baby! opened up shop in August with backing from Singapore-based financiers and recently added an acquisitions and… Read
EuropaCorp Seeing Red; Bolsters Film Slate, Ups Lisa Ellzey To Film Prexy
EXCLUSIVE: As EuropaCorp's Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert keep building toward the opening of their Red distribution pipeline, they've added a new film to the slate and promoted Lisa Ellzey to be president of their U.S. film operation. They've hired Harry Brown helmer Daniel Barber to direct Underground, the Ben Collins & Luke Piotrowski-scripted thriller about a Gotham detective who investigates missing persons cases that lead him into a frightening, labyrinth-like… Read
‘Reach Me,’ A Dozen More Reach Out To Specialty Film Audiences This Weekend
A long time in the making, Reach Me, from filmmaker/actor John Herzfeld brings 'positive thinking' and 'self-help' to the big screen. It stars a bevy of Herzfeld's actor friends and friends of friends, including Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Connolly.
The title is one of a dozen or so newcomers opening in limited release this weekend. Music Box's Happy Valley and Kino Lorber's Monk With A Camera are among Friday's debuting documentaries.
Happy Valley, named… Read
‘Doctor Who’s Matt Smith In ‘Patient Zero’
EXCLUSIVE: Matt Smith will star in Screen Gems' Patient Zero opposite Natalie Dormer. Stefan Ruzowitzky is directing the Mike Le-scripted action thriller and Vincent Newman is producing.
In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. An inexplicably immune human survivor with the ability to communicate with this new species must spearhead a hunt for Patient Zero in order to… Read
Al Pacino Channels Inner Piano Man In ‘Danny Collins’ – Hot Trailer
At 74, Al Pacino isn't just getting warmed up, he's on a streak. He had two dramas this fall: Manglehorn, which debuted at the Venice Film Festival, in which he plays a small-town Texan locksmith, and Barry Levinson's The Humbling, in which he portrays an aged actor who has a quirky romance (which is playing at the AwardsLine screening series next Tuesday at the Landmark on Pico).
Next up is Danny Collins this spring which marks the directorial debut of comedy scribe Dan… Read