Filmmaker Paul Greengrass has been tipped to direct a movie adaptation of Stephen King's classic The Stand. The Bourne Supremacy director is reportedly in talks with bosses at Warner Bros. to create a new film based on King's 1978 post-apocalyptic horror novel, according to Badassdigest.com.
The film has faced numerous delays since Harry Potter director David Yates reportedly stepped down in 2011. Ben Affleck was also linked to the job earlier this year (13) before walking away, and his replacement, Scott Cooper, also recently exited the project.
The Stand was previously seen as a 1994 TV mini-series starring Gary Sinise, Rob Lowe and Molly Ringwald.
From criticially acclaimed director Scott Cooper comes the gripping thriller Out of the Furnace. Russell Base lives an unfortunate life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill during the day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell's brother Rodney returns home after serving time in Iraq, he is lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. When the police fail to crack the case, and with nothing left to lose, Russell takes matters into your own hands. The impressive cast, including Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Forest Whitaker deliver a gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance and justice.
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Out of the Furnace hits theaters December 6, 2013.
Writer and director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) has opted to exit his developing project, an adaptation of Stephen King film adaption of The Stand, According to The Wrap. Reports are that Cooper cites "creative differences" with Warner Bros as his reason for leaving the project.
The Stand, which is based on King's 1978 post-apocalyptic horror novel of the same name, was originally expected to be written by Steve Kloves and directed by David Yates (of Harry Potter fame). However, both Kloves and Yates exited the project because they felt it would work better as a mini-series. Afterwards, Oscar winner Ben Affleck (Argo) signed on to write, direct, and star. But, soon after, Affleck left so he could direct and star in another Warner Bros. project, Live By the Night.
Once Affleck exited, Cooper was immediately tapped to direct and rewrite the script for the film, which had already had a first draft by David Kajganich. From the onslaught, the film has been labeled a priority project for the studio, so loss of another director could be spelling trouble for the adaption.
Cooper's exit may cause even more concern for studio since The Stand has a reputation of being one King's more complex novels, and it won't be easy to get another director to immediately sign on. In addition, Warner Bros. seems unsure whether they want the novel to be adapted into a franchise or just one film, which could also be holding up the production.
However, Cooper's exit is not the end of the world (pun intended). The latest rumors are speculating that Christian Bale may sign on to star in The Stand, and the addition of big name actor could help draw in another well known writer/director.
The Stand was previously developed into an eight hour mini-series for ABC, with a script written by King himself. This 1994 version starred Gary Sinise and Molly Ringwald.
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If there's one thing going to the movies has taught me over the years, it's not to get Christian Bale's bad side. In these exclusive pics from the film Out of the Furnace, Bale looks like he's getting good and ready to kick some teeth in. In the film, Russell Baze (Bale) is a man on a mission, seeking small-town American revenge when his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) goes missing and a local crime lord (a sneering Woody Harrelson) is suspect number one. Out of the Furnace, Scott Cooper's sophomore effort after Crazy Heart, looks to have all the trappings of a great thriller, with the two brothers' relationship remaining the beating heart of a film with revenge on its mind. Who's ready for a slide into the Rust Belt's murky underworld?
Check out these exclusive shots below:
The producers of Natalie Portman's new film Jane Got A Gun are suing the movie's former director, who quit the project a day before shooting began in March (13). The executives, led by Scott Steindorff, claim Lynne Ramsay was paid $750,000 (GBP500,000) for a job she didn't complete, and they have filed documents in court in New Mexico alleging her departure delayed the production.
In paperwork obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the producers also claim Ramsay was "abusive to members of the cast and crew and was generally disruptive," adding, she "failed to adhere to proper safety protocol for handling weapons on set, when she pointed a prop gun directly at a camera and, in turn, at the camera crew before first taking proper precautions."
Producers are demanding that Ramsay pays back her salary, and they are also seeking punitive damages over claims of fraud and breach of contract.
The We Need to Talk About Kevin director was replaced by Gavin O'Connor.
The project has also struggled with casting troubles - Michael Fassbender was replaced by Jude Law, who was in turn replaced by Bradley Cooper, who exited the film in May (13).
Portman and Joel Edgerton stayed with the movie and were joined by Ewan McGregor when filming eventually got underway this summer (13).
Comedy Bang! Bang! has been renewed by IFC for a third season, according to Variety, which means there will hopefully be a lot more of Paul F. Tompkins as Ice T., games of "Would You Rather," and a longlist of famously funny guests.
The third season of the comedy variety show hosted by Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis) has been ordered for another 20 half-hour episodes, which will be split up into two 10-episode installments. Past guests include Aziz Ansari, David Cross, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Hader, Anna Kendrick, Andy Samberg, and more.
"For two great seasons, Scott has brought some of the biggest names in entertainment to the Comedy Bang! Bang! couch and delivered a truly unique, funny and entertaining experience to IFC viewers," IFC president and general manager Jennifer Caserta said in a statement on IFC's website. "We can't wait for another season of a show that fits IFC's comedic sensibility so well."
The second half of Comedy Bang! Bang!'s second season airs this Friday, Oct. 18 with guest Rainn Wilson. The third season of the show will air in 2014.
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Bill Murray is in talks to join the cast of Cameron Crowe's new movie, according to TheWrap. If a deal is made, it would be the first time that Crowe and Murray have worked together.
The untitled comedy is rumored to be a re-working of a previous Crowe script, called Deep Tiki, about a defense contractor who has to oversee a satellite launch in Hawaii while dealing with his love life. Scott Rudin, who has worked with Murray on various Wes Anderson movies, is set to produce the film.
Other cast members include Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, and Jay Baruchel.
Sony plans to release the film sometime in 2014. For those of us who can't wait any longer for their next Murray-fix, Murray can be seen in the upcoming film The Monuments Men, which is set to hit theaters December 18.
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Christian Bale puts down his Batman suit and picks up a rifle in the new trailer for Out Of The Furnace, from director Scott Cooper, who helmed 2009's Crazy Heart. The story follows former conman Russell Baze (Bale) on a quest for revenge against a vindictive crime ring leader (Woody Harrelson), for whom Baze blames the disappearance of his brother Rodney. As law enforcement is no help in the hunt for his lost sibling, Baze takes it upon himself to fight for justice.
Amidst the blaring shots and pounding fists that amp up the backbone of the story, the trailer has a refreshing amount of heart, thanks in large to the presence of Baze's protective girlfriend, Avatar's Zoë Saldana, and the underlying importance of family that weaves its way throughout.
The revenge thriller is jam-packed with a cast of alluring males, for whom we are ever so grateful. Academy Award winner Bale leads the pack, alongside a scruffy Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Willem Dafoe, and Forest Whitaker. Take a peek at the trailer for the film above.
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Longrunning U.S. soap The Bold And The Beautiful, comedienne Ellen Degeneres and movie mogul George Lucas were among the big winners at the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday (16Jun13), each taking home top honours. The Bold and the Beautiful's Heather Tom was named Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the second consecutive year, while her co-star Scott Clifton was jointly awarded Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series alongside The Young and the Restless' Billy Miller.
The creative talent behind The Bold and the Beautiful scored both the writing and directing accolades in the Outstanding Drama Series team categories, but the coveted Outstanding Drama Series award went to Days of Our Lives.
Lucas celebrated his first Emmy win for Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which was named Outstanding Special Class Animated Program, and accepted the award from Princess Leia, actress Carrie Fisher.
There were no surprises in the Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment category - that accolade went to The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the seventh time, beating Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters' The View and rival panel show The Talk, which features Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler and Sara Gilbert.
The Young and the Restless icon Jeanne Cooper, who died last month (May13), was gone but not forgotten at the 40th annual ceremony - she was remembered during the In Memoriam segment, which was introduced by her son, actor Corbin Bernsen.
The Los Angeles event, which celebrates the best in daytime programming as voted for by members of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, was not the smoothest of ceremonies - Aisha Tyler was given the wrong envelope as she presented the best informative talk show award and had to stall as the correct one was located, while a pre-taped tribute reel for Lifetime Achievement honouree Monty Hall had to be cut off after the beloved game show veteran was called to the stage early.
The main list of winners at the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards is as follows:
Outstanding Drama Series:
Days of Our Lives
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Doug Davidson (The Young and the Restless)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Julie Marie Berman (General Hospital)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Scott Clifton (The Bold and the Beautiful) & Billy Miller (The Young and the Restless)
Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series:
Kristen Alderson (General Hospital)
Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series:
Chandler Massey (Days of Our Lives)
Outstanding Morning Program:
CBS Sunday Morning
Outstanding Culinary Program:
Best Thing I Ever Made & Trisha's Southern Kitchen
Outstanding Game Show:
The Price Is Right
Outstanding Game Show Host:
Ben Bailey - Cash Cab
Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment:
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Outstanding Talk Show/Informative:
The Dr. Oz Show
Outstanding Talk Show Host:
Ricki Lake, The Ricki Lake Show
Outstanding Original Song:
Good Afternoon by Little Big Town, from Good Afternoon America
Monty Hall & Bob Stewart.
Ah, Cinco de Mayo. A yearly tradition in which you cast aside your day-to-day distractions to honor the most important triumph in global history... or to mourn the most decadent tragedy... or maybe it's somebody's birthday? My friend said it was Mexican Independence Day, but my other friend said that a Snapple cap told her that wasn't true, so we're kind of at a loss here on what Cinco de Mayo actually is. Lo and behold, reverence aside, people still find a reason to celebrate. And plenty of cocktails to celebrate with.
Just as real as the general public's emotional investment in May 5 as more than just an excuse to go all Caligula are the various beverages suggested by our pals on the small screen as worthy liver-killers for just such an occasion. Yes, television has come up with some wily alcoholic concoctions — some that seem like they'd fit just fine as staples in your liquor cabinet, others that warrant a hesitant morbid curiosity. Here's Hollywood.com's 100-proof menu of TV drinks to make your Cinco de Mayo a bit more... colorful.
Old SpanishFrom the top shelves of: 30 Rock, recently re-bottled by the Mad Men universeIngredients: Red wine, tonic water, and olivesDrinking buddies: The cowardly White House employee Cooter Burger (pictured above), or Peggy Olson's all-smiles boss Ted.
Snake JuiceFrom the top shelves of: Parks and RecreationIngredients: The official description of Snake Juice is "a bunch of alcohol mixed together, some sugar and coffee, and some other junk, and it kinda tastes like Kahlua."Drinking buddies: An overly confident Tom Haverford, a belligerent Leslie Knope, a musically-insistent Andy Dwyer, and (best of all) a giddily dancing Ron Swanson.
VodorangekaFrom the top shelves of: The OfficeIngredients: Vodka and orange juice... no, it's not a screwdriver. They're completely different.Drinking buddies: Michael Scott... and probably Meredith Palmer.
Flaming MoeFrom the top shelves of: The SimpsonsIngredients: 1 oz each brandy, peppermint schnapps, sloe gin, blackberry licquer, strawberry juice, and a bunch of cough syrup.Drinking buddies: Co-creators Homer Simpson and Moe Szyslak, with Carl, Lenny, and Barney Gumble also being reliable choices.
Black Yukon Sucker PunchFrom the top shelves of: Twin PeaksIngredients: 1 shot each Yukon Black and Blackberry Brandy, a dash of bitters, and one egg white.Drinking buddies: A reluctant Sheriff Harry Truman, a slow-sipping Agent Dale Cooper, and any eager justice of the peace you can muster up.
Drink responsibly, everybody. While TV paints a vivid picture, it doesn't always capture the true perils of alcohol: nasty hangovers and the proclivity for drunk texts. Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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