by Adam Chitwood Posted: March 9th, 2011
A couple of casting stories for you this evening. Deadline reports that Julianne Moore has been tapped to portray Sarah Palin in Jay Roach’s (Dinner for Schmucks) adaptation of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s book following the behind-the-scenes turmoil of the 2008 presidential election. Roach previously directed another HBO Films flick, Recount, which examined the fallout of the 2000 presidential election. The script for Game Change is being penned by Danny Strong (Recount), and follows both the Obama campaign and the McCain campaign from the party primaries up through election night, so we’ve got quite a few more roles to be cast (Obama, Clinton, McCain, etc.).
Eric McCormack is set to star in the supernatural thriller Barricade for WWE (yes, that WWE). Heat Vision reports that filming on the Andrew Currie-directed flick is set to begin later this month. The story follows a recently widowed psychiatrist who takes his children to a remote cabin to unwind. Obviously, they’re not exactly alone and the father must battle “unknown forces” to save his family from peril. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Game Change.
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CBS Films to Distribute Coen Brothers-Scripted Remake of GAMBIT Starring Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz
by Adam Chitwood Posted: March 9th, 2011
CBS Films has acquired distribution rights to the Joel and Ethan Coen-scripted remake to the 1966 Michael Caine-Shirley MacClaine caper comedy Gambit. The remake, from director Michael Hoffman (The Last Station), is set to star Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. Firth will play a London art curator who plots an elaborate scheme to con a wealthy collector into buying a fake Monet painting. As part of the ruse, he recruits a Texas steer roper (Diaz) to play the part of a woman whose grandfather liberated the painting at the end of WWII.
Deadline reports that filming is set to begin in London this May. It appears that this will be the first film Firth will shoot following his Oscar win last month for his brilliant turn in The King’s Speech. Relatively new to the movie-making business, CBS Films recently scored a hit with The Mechanic and currently has the fantasy-romance Beastly in theaters. Diaz will next be seen in the R-rated comedy Bad Teacher.
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CBS Films To Distribute The Coen Brothers-Scripted Gambit With Colin Firthpublished: 2011-03-09 18:20:10 Author: Eric Eisenberg
CBS Films has made five films since January 2010, and despite trying to reach all corners of the market they have yet to have a real solid opening. From Extraordinary Measures to Beastly none of their films have opened at number one on their respective weekend and while the latter film is still in theaters, none have been able to make more than $40 million domestically (The Back-Up Plan is their most successful film with a $37 million domestic take). Their newest acquisition, however, has something that none of their other films have brought to the table: Oscar Power.
Deadline is reporting that CBS Films has won the U.S. distribution rights for Gambit, the con-artist film written by Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen and starring recent Oscar winner Colin Firth. Directed by Michael Hoffman, Firth will play an art curator who teams up with a "Texas steer roper" - played by Cameron Diaz - to bamboozle the richest man in England. The film is a remake of the 1966 Michael Caine-Shirley MacLaine film of the same name.
This movie should be a perfect litmus test for the young distributor. Considering the incredible amount of talent on display here, it should be easy to open this movie at number one, provided that they get the release date right. Let's hope they can do it.
MY MOTHERS CURSE Starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand Opens March 30, 2012
by Brendan Bettinger Posted: March 9th, 2011
Paramount Pictures has scheduled the road trip comedy My Mother’s Curse for release on March 30, 2012. Barbra Streisand star as a mother and son who, according to Variety, “embark on a road trip so the inventor son can sell his latest invention.” Previous reports indicate the script from Dan Fogelman (Tangled) reunite Streisand with a lost love. Paramount may have actually performed the mother’s curse on the last pre-Easter 2012 weekend — as of this writing, no other film is scheduled that Friday.
Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) will direct; Fogelman, Rogen, and Streisand are producing alongside Lorne Michaels (SNL), John Goldwyn (MacGruber), Evan Goldberg (The Green Hornet), David Ellison (True Grit), Paul Schwake (Strange Wilderness), and Dana Goldberg (Yes Man). Rogen will next be heard March 18 as the titular alien in Paul, followed by Kung Fu Panda 2 on May 26. Rogen holistically returns to theaters in 50/50, which opens September 30.
Tom Hardy And Joel Edgerton Go Face-To-Face In The First Poster For Warrior
published: 2011-03-10 00:14:24 Author: Eric Eisenberg
If you took one lesson away from 2010's year in movies I hope it was that Tom Hardy is awesome. After years of putting on great performances under the radar, Christopher Nolan's Inception made him a break-out star that absolutely everyone wants a piece of. But while we wait for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and This Means War to get official release dates, the guaranteed next opportunity to see more of Tom Hardy will be on September 9th when Warrior is released and tonight we have the film's first poster.
Posted by Jennifer Morrison (who also stars in the film) on her Facebook wall, the artwork shows off both Hardy and his co-star Joel Edgerton. Directed by Gavin O'Connor (Pride and Glory), Hardy plays a man returning home to where his alcoholic former-boxer dad, played by Nick Nolte, trains him to become a mixed martial arts fighter. The greatest conflict, however, is that the tournament that he plans to enter will bring him face-to-face with his oldest brother and fellow fighter, played by Edgerton.
Check out the poster below.
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