James Buckley will make his U.S. feature debut in Connor4real, the Lonely Island movie being produced by Judd Apatow. Andy Samberg stars as a rapper whose album bombs and leaves him with little career choice other than to re-form his old boy band. Buckley will play Sponge, a member of Samberg’s entourage. The British actor is best known for playing Jay in the UK movie and TV franchise The Inbetweeners. Other recent credits include The Pyramid and Charlie Countryman. Buckley is repped by Authentic Talent & Literary Management, Victoria Lepper Associates in the UK and Ziffren Brittenham.
Evan Jones has joined the cast of Shot Caller for writer-director Ric Roman Waugh. The pic follows a newly released prison gangster (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California. Jones will play Chopper, a PEN1 gangster and confidant of Coster-Waldau. Jones’ recent credits include miniseries Houdini and the features The Homesman, A Million Ways To Die In The West and Gangster Squad. He is repped by Luber Roklin Entertainment and Ginsburg Daniels.
Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal (Frida) was presented with the first ever Wojciech Kilar Award during the sold out Polish Music Gala: Scoring4Wajda concert at the Krakow Film Music Festival in Krakow, Poland. “Kilar believed you should work from your heart, not for pride. I would be disappointing him tonight because I’m very proud to receive this award,” stated Goldenthal during his acceptance speech. Goldenthal’s longtime companion and collaborator, director Julie Taymor (Titus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) was also in attendance. Goldenthal was selected by the Kilar Award jury, which is comprised of director Andrzej Wajda, director Roman Polański, composer Krzysztof Penderecki, and director Krzysztof Zanussi. Goldenthal’s music will also be featured during the Krakow Film Music Festival’s Shakespeare in Concert, where the famed author will be celebrated with the most popular musical adaptations of his work performed live. The Wojciech Kilar Award aims to raise the profile of the acclaimed Polish pianist and composer who passed away on Dec. 29, 2013. It honors composers whose film work has a vigorous life beyond the screen. Kilar was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his score to Roman Polanski’s Oscar-winning film The Pianist. He scored more than 130 films, including Bram Stoker’s Dracula.