North Korea is mad at Seth Rogen and James Franco. The country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, has denounced their upcoming film, The Interview. Which makes sense, really, given that The Interview is about a would-be journalist (Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who are given the chance to interview the dictator. But a clandestine organization sees an opportunity there, and recruits the pair to assassinate Kim instead. Pretty easy to understand, then, why the leader wouldn’t be all that into the film. Read More »
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Briefly: The attack on the US diplomatic mission and nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 has become a lingering scandal for the Obama administration, with many people unsatisfied with both the White House’s method of dealing with the attack, and the way that information about the event has been doled out in the aftermath.
Now Paramount is buying rights to a forthcoming book, Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi, by Mitchell Zuckoff with the assistance of surviving members of the Annex Security Team who were present during the attack. Chuck Hogan, who wrote the novel that became The Town, and co-authored The Strain with Guillermo del Toro, will script a film based on the book.
The book purports to be a firsthand account of the attack and its aftermath, which left four Americans dead, one of whom was U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Since the book hasn’t yet been released, there’s no knowing how accurate it is, and whether or not it paints the attack and subsequent response in any partisan light.
Briefly: The second season of House of Cards won’t hit Netflix for another ten days, but a third season is already a definite. The show has just been renewed by Netflix, so exec producers David Fincher and Beau Willimon have a mandate to go back to work. Not that this is a surprise, given that Netflix execs have pledged to continue the show. But it’s good to know that we’ll have thirteen more hours of Kevin Spacey as power-hungry politician Frank Underwood, and (even more so) Robin Wright as Underwood’s iron-willed wife. [LAT]
Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
While addressing the issue of school shootings last year, NRA VP Wayne LaPierre decried on Hollywood’s “blood-soaked films” for promoting a culture of violence. Now Hollywood is getting ready to fight back, and to put the blame back on the NRA’s shoulders.
Producer Harvey Weinstein revealed that he and Meryl Streep are gearing up to make The Senator’s Wife, described as a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-esque drama targeting the gun lobby. Weinstein, a staunch Obama supporter, is making no bones about his stance on the issue — his hope is that the movie will damage the gun manufacturing industry and make the NRA “wish they weren’t alive.” More details on the film after the jump.
Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Here’s the full trailer for the second season of House of Cards, and it is just full of drama, scheming, anger, and all the devious political maneuvering that made the first season so great. There are even more hints of murder here — is a new victim going to be ground up in one of Frank Underwood’s ruthless power ploys, and not just in a political sense?
Season two once again stars Kevin Spacey as Underwood, who begins the season by assuming the office of the Vice President of the United States, and the supporting cast includes a mix of returning players and new faces: Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Michael Gill, Gerald McRaney, Michael Kelly, Mahershala Ali, Sebastian Arcelus, Kristen Connolly, Sam Page and Molly Parker.
Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Briefly: Some of the best director commentaries out there are from David Fincher, whose discussions about each of his films are super-detailed and free of the “you had to be there” stories that make some commentaries little more than a genial hangout session with the filmmakers. Hanging out is great, but if you want a commentary you might learn from, Fincher is a good bet.
So it’s great that Netflix has added director commentaries to the first season of House of Cards, which Fincher produced, and which features him as director of two episodes. There are also commentaries from James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross), Joel Schumacher (The Client), Charles McDougall (The Good Wife), Carl Franklin (Homeland), and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos).
This is all a promo, more or less, for the second season of House of Cards, which will be available in its entirety on February 14. As promos go, it’s a great one. Get to the commentaries through the subtitle option on your Netflix portal of choice.
Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s hard to believe that it was just over a year ago when Barack Obama’s re-election to the White House dashed Mitt Romney‘s hopes of becoming the next President of the United States. While his former running mate Paul Ryan has remained a vocal presence in the House of Representatives, Romney himself has almost completely faded from public view.
But Netflix is taking a look back at the man with Mitt, Greg Whiteley‘s documentary about Romney’s lengthy battle for the presidency. While we all know the eventual outcome, it’s still a fascinating inside look at a side of the politician we never go to know — probably to his detriment. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, December 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
Everyone’s feeling a little chatty in this quote-heavy edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump:
- Evan Daugherty talks G.I. Joe 3 and Snow White and the Huntsman 2
- Julianne Moore‘s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay role has been beefed up
- The Mortal Instruments author teases some City of Ashes spoilers
- Simon Pegg says Star Trek 3 is looking to shoot in the UK, possibly
- Bad Santa 2 will shoot next year, according to Billy Bob Thornton
- Is Steve Aoki working on the Transformers: Age of Extinction soundtrack?
- 2016: Obama’s America filmmaker revisits his predictions in an update
- Keanu Reeves says Bill & Ted 3‘s heavy CG costs are holding it back
- George Miller confirms Mel Gibson won’t appear in Mad Max: Fury Road
Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Briefly: Lionsgate may be the studio to make a Hillary Clinton film. James Ponsoldt could direct as his follow-up to The Spectacular Now. The script, called Rodham, was written by Young Il Kim, and ended up on the Black List of popular unproduced screenplays in 2012.
Deadline reports that the script “covers Hillary when she was a hotshot young lawyer in D.C. and was torn between flourishing in Capitol Hill or going back to Arkansas to rekindle a relationship with her ex-boyfriend, a law teacher named Bill Clinton, who didn’t want to leave home.”
This isn’t the first recent effort to make a Hillary Clinton biopic; NBC and CNN each had it’s own plan to make either a mini-series or documentary about her, but both were blocked due to press from both sides of the political aisle, and reluctance of potential sources to participate. The Republican National Committee reportedly also argued that creating such films would represent unusual bias on the part of NBC and CNN.
There’s no cast in talks for this project yet.