Aaron Paul Joins Jamie Dornan in Miramax’s ‘The 9th Life of Louis Drax’
Alexandre Aja is directing the pic.
The film is based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel, which revolves around a psychologist (Dornan) who begins working with a young boy who has suffered a near-fatal fall and finds himself drawn into a mystery that tests the boundaries of fantasy and reality.
Paul will play the boy’s father.
Paul, who is repped by UTA and Leverage Management, recently won his third Emmy for his role as Jesse Pinkman in AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” He was last seen in DreamWorks’ “Need for Speed” and recently wrapped production on Open Road’s “Triple Nine.”
- Justin Kroll
Julie Delpy Enlists French Stars Dany Boon And Karin Viard For ‘Lolo’ (Exclusive)
Delpy stars as Violette, a 40-year old alluring workaholic with a career in the fashion industry who falls for a provincial computer geek, Jean-Rene (Boon), while on a spa retreat with her best friend (Viard). The promising romance starts to unravel when Jean-René meets Violette’s cherished 20-year old son, Lolo (played by French up-and-comer Vincent Lacoste), and discovers their unusual relationship.
“This film deals with universal themes: We have a relationship between two people who come from opposite worlds but are drawn to each other; and we also touch on – in a humorous way — the issues that single mothers in their 40’s face when looking for love,” said Michael Gentile, who is producing the movie via his Paris-based outfit The Film. “Lolo” is »
J.J. Abrams gets honoured as a visionary by the Visual Effects Society
After conquering the world of television with the likes of Alias and Lost, two-time Emmy winner J.J. Abrams has gone on to create some big screen magic for blockbuster franchises Mission: Impossible, Star Trek and now Star Wars. In recognition of his contributions as a director, producer and writer, the Visual Effects Society will be lauding the founder and president of Bad Robot Productions with the Visionary Award at the 13th Annual Ves Awards on February 4, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
“J.J. Abrams has consistently elevated not just the technical aspect of visual effects, but also the emotional,” stated Jeffrey A. Okun, Ves Board Chair. “The context and expertise with which J.J. and his team have evolved visual effects is both groundbreaking and inspirational; he has redefined the relationship between the viewer and the story. You can easily see this from the epic cult followings of his highly engaging work, »
- Trevor Hogg
Michael K. Williams Wants to Join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Panther
We’ve been talking about a possible Black Panther movie for quite some time now, but as far as we know, there hasn’t been much movement on the project yet. However, while discussing his upcoming release, Kill The Messenger, Michael K. Williams expressed interest in taking the role of T’Challa if the movie actually happens. According to Marvel’s character description, Black Panther is a royal descendant of a warrior race who eats a heart-shaped herb to enhance his senses and his physical attributes. He’s skilled in unarmed combat and uses a hybrid fighting technique that combines acrobatics with animal mimicry. Hit the jump for more on Williams’ hope to join the McU. When Cinema Blend asked Williams if he’s been approached to suit up for Marvel, he replied: "No not yet. And I'm saying 'yet' with a lot of emphasis. But hopefully I'm looking forward »
- Perri Nemiroff
Oscar Isaac talks Patricia Highsmith thriller and 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
Oscar Isaac is having a pretty good year. The Juilliard-trained actor has been on a bit of a roll since being cast as the lead in Inside Llewyn Davis; the Coen brothers’ ’60s folk noir may not have gotten the awards traction that could have made Isaac’s breakout a truly golden ride, but it’s not like the lack of an Oscar nomination dimmed his prospects either. Not only did he score a choice role opposite Jessica Chastain in director J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, which recently received an awards-season friendly 2014 release date—he was also cast in Star Wars: Episode VII. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Full 'Gone Girl' Track List Revealed
Gone Girl fever is taking over the movie blogosphere as we're all clamoring for another movie to get firmly behind and love and with early reviews somewhat mixed, yet largely positive, it's not easy to tell if David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel will be the film we're looking for, but that doesn't quell my anticipation and I assume if you're reading this post you're equally excited. Today the full track listing for the film's score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross has been revealed (via NINwiki). The duo provided the score for Fincher's The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and now they're back with a score Reznor recently described to The Wall Street Journal saying, "David Fincher said, 'Think about the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors'... The way it artificially tries to make you feel like everything's Ok. »
- Brad Brevet
Update: Jeff Robinov Details Studio 8’s Plans For 24 Pics Over 5 Years; Fosun Chairman Says It Was ‘Love At First Sight’
Updated, 8:25 Pm: The first project from Studio 8 should be announced in four to six weeks, with preproduction starting between January and March, Jeff Robinov said at a news conference tonight on the Sony lot in Culver City. Plans call for two movies the first year, four in the second and six in each of the next three, with budgets ranging from $45 million to $100 million-plus. In the meantime, he is staffing up the new company with 14-16 people including development executives, CFO, controller, in-house legal, physical production execs and assistants. Top Sony Pictures Entertainment execs Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal also were at the event, which doubled as a chance for journalists to meet Guo Guangchang, chairman of Shanghai-based Fosun International, which is taking an investment stake in the Sony-based Studio 8. Through an interpreter, Guo said of Robinov: “We met three months ago, and I figured out that »
- Anita Busch
Sons Of Anarchy Recap: “Playing with Monsters”
Sons of Anarchy has always seemed to pride itself on having the twistiest of plots, and "Playing with Monsters" played right into that. The issue is, episodes like these cut deeply into character development time, which last week's great "Toil and Till" thrived on. But "Playing with Monsters" also showed how Jax's single-minded devotion to taking down the Chinese is making things very, very complicated on the street. Meanwhile, the person who was really responsible is the one he is working so hard to defend. Hit the jump for IMDb information on Stankenstein. After two episodes devoted to cultivating the direction of Sons of Anarchy's final season, "Playing with Monsters" was the first to really start setting up the web that Jax is building for his revenge. Here it is in as linear a fashion as I can make it: When August Marks tells Jax to not bring his revenge to the street, »
- Allison Keene
This Week In Home Entertainment: Neighbors, Reign And A How I Met Your Mother Set
Reign Blu-ray Sixteenth century mystery, romance and murder fill the pages of Reign.s scripts. At its heart, the CW drama is a revisionist version of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, following her arrival in France and her wooing of Prince Francis (Toby Regbo) along with his bastard sibling Bash (Torrance Coombs). Peppered into this story is an evil queen (Megan Follows), a slew of ladies-in-waiting (Celina Sinden, Caitlin Stasey, Anna Popplewell) and a campy version of Nostradamus (Rossif Sutherland). Reign is a soapy teenage drama, filled with as much historical fiction as historical fact. Part of the fun is found in the music, which juxtaposes period language and settings with an exuberant pop soundtrack. While the show has some serious villains and a few dark subplots, the music helps to lighten the mood, as do the costumes, which mix modern-day flair with a few studio-sewn corsets. Warner »
The Incredibly Weird Reason Star Wars Has Had So Many Leaks
Do you regard yourself as a Star Wars nut? Do you think your knowledge and devotion to George Lucas. series is beyond compare? Now ask yourself; would you buy a drone and fly it over Pinewood Studios just to get a glimpse of Star Wars Episode VII being filmed? If you said no, then you.re not even close to be on the top echelon of Jedi connoisseurs. If you said yes, I.m not sure whether to be impressed or ashamed of your antics. I think I'm a bit of both. Drones that have been hovering over parts of the English studio have now been blamed for the many leaks regarding the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Earlier this month, one of these vehicles was able to spot rebel pilots and crew running around the base, and the individual who recorded the footage, who is known as YouTube user, »
Watch Every Version Of Batman's Parents Dying In This Tragic Supercut
Every time we hear there's a new version of the Batman mythos coming down the pike, there's one question that weighs on everyone's minds: "Does this mean we need to see Bruce Wayne's parents die again?" It's a valid question, as there have been countless origin stories for the Caped Crusader, and an almost equal amount of re-enactments of the moment Bruce Wayne swore his life to vengeance against the criminal scum of Gotham City. For those of you who are still somewhat curious about the different versions to the demise of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Vulture has the video you've been waiting for. Batman's Parents Dying: The Supercut is a compilation of the shooting death of Bruce Wayne's parents from the various animated and live action incarnations from the past 25 years, ranging from the classic Superfriends cartoon to Tim Burton's Batman, and even running all the way »
Simon Helberg’s ‘We’ll Never Have Paris’ Acquired for U.S. by Orion Releasing
The directorial debut of “Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, “We’ll Never Have Paris,” has been acquired for North American rights by Orion Releasing.
Orion will release the film theatrically in select markets on Jan. 22, 2015 in advance of a VOD release. Helberg wrote and starred in the romantic comedy, which was co-directed by his wife, Jocelyn Towne. It also stars Zachary Quinto, Melanie Lynskey, Alfred Molina, Jason Ritter and Maggie Grace.
The film is based on Helberg and Towne’s real-life romantic history. Helberg plays a neurotic man in the midst of a quarter-life crisis that reaches a peak when a coworker (Grace) confesses his love for him as he’s about to propose to his longtime girlfriend, played by Lynskey. He then leaves his girlfriend and quickly regrets the decision — only to find out that she has fled to Paris.
“This is a deeply personal film for us »
- Alex Stedman
Jeremy Renner Talks Hawkeye, Chances for a Solo Film, His Part in the Avengers Ensemble, and His Appearance in Captain America 3
Here's the deal, Internet: I'll provide you with interview footage of Jeremy Renner basically confirming Hawkeye's appearance in Captain America 3 if you make me a Gif of Renner's dramatic winks. Sound good? There have been a few similar unofficial confirmations of just such an occurrence in recent weeks. Captain America 3 directors Joe and Anthony Russo themselves mentioned Hawkeye's involvement in the film during Steve's interview with them for Captain America: The Winter Soldier Blu-ray release, and around the same time, Renner mentioned the possibility of joining the film as long as his schedule allowed it. This one sounds like a safe bet. Hit the jump to hear it (and see it) from Renner himself. The following video interview with Renner on Captain America 3 comes courtesy of MTV: Get More: Movie Trailers, Celebrity News In case you missed it, here's what Renner said just before two mega-winks: “I »
- Dave Trumbore
Here Are Keanu Reeves' Thoughts On Speed 3
Mid-90s action movie fans prepare yourselves, because your Tuesday is about to get a whole lot better! Keanu Reeves has officially confirmed that he is in for a Speed 3. Isn.t the world sometimes just a glorious place? Reeves made the surprising revelation during a discussion with Nerdist to promote his upcoming action behemoth, John Wicks, which doesn.t look half-bad too. After talking about his latest flick, Reeves was asked by interviewer whether he would ever consider returning for Speed 3, and it turns out that he isn.t as opposed to the idea as everyone would have guessed. At first the Matrix star even teased a potential title for the third installment to the series, "Speed 3: Redemption," before he then proclaimed, "Sure. Jack Traven just dusting it off." Now there.s no denying the fact that Reeves. tongue seemed to be firmly against his cheek when he »
Game Of Thrones’ Charles Dance and Lena Headey Board Pride And Prejudice And Zombies; Screen Gems Secures U.S. Distribution
Though Jane Austen likely continues to spin in her grave, Burr Steers' adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies keeps managing to shamble its way forward. In addition to landing domestic distribution through Screen Gems, the 19th century zombie apocalypse film also boasts the addition of Game of Thrones alumni Charles Dance and Lena Headey. There are no indications as to which roles the attached cast members will be embodying, but the recent casting news comes as a good sign for fans who have been waiting to the novel realized on the big screen. It's currently scheduled for a 2015 release. Hit the jump for more on Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Word of Dance and Headey's involvement in the mash-up's adaptation comes courtesy of Deadline, who also report that Screen Gems will be handling U.S. distribution of the film. As we previously reported, Steers' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies »
- Dave Trumbore
Jeremy Renner not clawing for a 'Hawkeye' movie, but kinda wants to be in 'Cap 3'
Oh, for those long-ago days when the season of Renner was first in bloom! In the span of one calendar year, two-time Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner staged a franchise blitzkrieg, playing William “neo-Cruise” Brandt in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Aaron “neo-Damon” Cross in The Bourne Legacy. And the jewel in the crown: A role in The Avengers, the highest-grossing movie ever made by anyone besides James Cameron. And not just any role: Renner was playing an Avenger! What could be better!
Well, as Renner himself admits in a new interview with MTV’s Josh Horowitz, Hawkeye had a pretty »
- Darren Franich
No ‘Midnight Rider’ Death Responsibility, Say Open Road, Landowner
Both the distributor of Midnight Rider and the owner of the land where camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed Feb. 20 denied responsibility in court filings this week for her death. The landowner even blames Jones in its filings for not exercising “ordinary care for her own safety.”
Jones’ parents are suing distributor Open Road, landowner Rayonier Performance Fibers and a dozen others for their daughter’s Feb. 20 death when a train blew through a film set on a bridge trestle. The parents’ suit says the distributor was responsible for ensuring a safe and legal shoot, which Open Road answered with an August motion to dismiss. In a new filingthis week in Georgia (read it here), Open Road claims it had no “operational control” over the film shoot.
“None of the rights granted to Open Road under the Distribution Agreement provide Open Road with control over the production. Not one,” reads the filing, »
- Jen Yamato
Denzel Washington & Antoine Fuqua Talk The Equalizer, Editing, What They Learned from the Test Screening Process, and More
Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer. Adapted from the 1980s TV series of the same name, the pic reteams Denzel Washington with his Training Day director as he plays a former black ops commando who comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz). Soon thereafter, things go south and he finds himself squaring off against violent Russian gangsters. The film also stars Melissa Leo, Martin Csokas, Haley Bennett, David Harbour, and Bill Pullman. For more on the film, click here for all our previous coverage which includes clips, on-set interviews, trailers, and more. While at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a great interview with Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua. They talked about what it meant to premiere at Tiff, how they create kick-ass action scenes, if Washington ever visited the editing room, what they learned from the test screening process, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Apparently Nicolas Winding Refn.s Wife Made A Documentary About The Only God Forgives Fiasco
After the huge critcal success of 2011.s Drive, director Nicolas Winding Refn and its star, Ryan Gosling, had the pick of any movie they wanted. They went with Only God Forgives, and audiences reacted poorly to their choice. Criticized for being self-indulgent, overly violent and failing to go beyond what the director-actor duo they had created with their previous collaboration, Only God Forgives was ravaged by critics and returned only $10.3 million at the box-office. But It turns out that making the eastern-noir-art house-crime-thriller wasn.t exactly a picnic for its director either. And so, like any loving wife would do, Refn.s spouse, Liv Corfixen, decided to film his toil for a documentary of her own. My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn premiered at the Fantastic Festival over the weekend, and while it has been generally well received, the most interesting points that have emerged regard Refn.s attempts »
Talkshow Host Skip E. Lowe Dies at 85
Skip E. Lowe, who hosted a public access cable show about Hollywood and inspired Martin Short’s character Jiminy Glick, died Monday in Hollywood. He was 85 and had been suffering from emphysema and other respiratory ailments.
“Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood” was based in L.A. starting in 1978, and managed to attract numerous well-known names despite its low-budget production.
Over the show’s 35-year run, he conducted more than 6,000 interviews with guests that included Bette Davis, Orson Welles, Shelley Winters, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, Mickey Rooney and Lynn Redgrave, as well as numerous actors and singers who visited his show to promote their appearances.
His latest book “Hollywood Gomorrah” had an introduction by his friend Jacqueline Stallone.
Lowe was the subject of profiles in the Los Angeles Times and New York Times Magazine, where he was written about by comedian Harry Shearer, a fan of his show.
In the Los Angeles Times article, »
- Variety Staff
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