Fahrenheit 451

Whether you’re a grownup who read Ray Bradbury‘s Fahrenheit 451 in high school and loved it, or a current student who tends to watch movie adaptations at the last minute instead of actually cracking open the book, HBO Films has good news for you. They’ve put into development a new Fahrenheit 451 movie, setting 99 Homes helmer Ramin Bahrani to direct.

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All The Way Trailer

Following the first teaser trailer last weekend, a new look at the HBO Films adaptation of the stage production All The Way has arrived. Bryan Cranston stars as Lyndon B. Johnson, the vice president who became commander in chief when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The film shows the struggles Johnson has as he finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place in the tricky game of politics and morals. It’s the kind of movie a history teacher will show when they need to catch up on grading papers, but the good news is that it looks outstanding.

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why Ava DuVernay turned down Black Panther

Ava DuVernay‘s to-do list just keeps getting longer — not that we’re complaining. Just a few weeks after we heard she’d signed on to direct Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay has been set for The Battle of Versailles, an HBO movie about a 1973 fashion show that pit French designers against American ones, and wound up changing the industry forever.  Read More »

All The Way Trailer

After portraying President Lyndon B. Johnson in the stage play All The Way, Emmy winner Bryan Cranston is reprising his Tony-winning performance for an HBO film adaptation of the same name. The first trailer for the film which chronicles the struggle of the accidental president, working as hard as he can to fill the empty presidential shoes left behind by the belovedJohn F. Kennedy.

It’s 1964, and Lyndon B. Johnson must try to lift the country’s spirits in the face of tragedy, racism, war and more. Now the first All The Way trailer shows just how astounding Bryan Cranston’s performance as the 36th President of the United States of America. Read More »

ian mcshane game of thrones

A few months ago, the great Ian McShane dropped a few hints about who he’s playing on Game of Thrones season 6. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to make an educated guess about his character and his role on the show. Today, McShane participated in a new interview and he said a little too much, essentially confirming that that early prediction and accidentally confirming a popular fan theory that has been the subject of much discussion amongst the readers of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series.

Naturally, big, huge, gigantic plot points lie in wait below, so tread carefully. Spoilers are coming.

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Mavis Staples Documentary Trailer

This year, gospel and soul singing legend Mavis Staples has a new album coming out called “Livin’ on a High Note” with songs written by the likes of revered songwriters such as Nick Cave, Justin Vernon, tUnE-yArds, Neko Case, Aloe Blacc, and others. The album will be available in February, just before a new HBO documentary shines a light on the life and career of the woman who not only made waves in music, but also fought for civil rights in the 1960s. The first teaser trailer for the documentary, Mavis, has just arrived, and it looks like a soulful journey through a real icon’s life. Read More »

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Animals

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HBO Vinyl

HBO is airing a couple of new shows next year worth getting incredibly excited about: a remake of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 sci-fi film, Westworld, and Vinyl. The latter is created by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) and produced by Martin Scorsese (Goodfellas) and Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones, duh). The last time Winter and Scorsese collaborated we got the unrelentingly giddy The Wolf of Wall Street, so these two working together again is one of the many, many reasons to watch Vinyl.

After the jump, watch the new Vinyl trail.

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Project Greenlight season 4

I’m a huge Project Greenlight fanatic. I’ve been watching the HBO series since it first made its debut in 2001. Actually, I even had a submission in for the second season of Project Greenlight (which was just a scene from the feature film I co-directed). This season of the HBO filmmaking “documentary” series was filled with drama, which I chatted about at length during this week’s /Filmcast.

Project Greenlight, like any reality series, shows a version of events that may or may not happened exactly as presented onscreen. 20,000 hours of footage is edited down into the four and a half hours of television that aired on HBO, and characters and storylines are streamlined and packaged to maximize the drama. So what is the reality behind the show? We’ll never know as we were there in person. But we can listen to a few of the people who were there, namely director Jason Mann and producer Effie Brown, who have commented publicly about the process.

In addition, there are a variety of things I have noticed or learned since watching this season of the show that you probably didn’t know about. So if you watched the fourth season of Project Greenlight, hit the jump to learn some information about what you might have missed.

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