Frank Langella is in talks to join the cast of Oliver Stone‘s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. Langella would play Lewis Zabel, an old-time broker who mentors Shia LaBeouf‘s character, a young Wall Street broker named Jacob. It is not clear if this is the same role that Javier Bardem , and later, Bardem’s No Country For Old Men co-star Josh Brolin had been considering. The Variety article mentions that Brolin is still in talks for the film, which leads us to believe that the two roles are seperate, despite both being described as mentors of Shia LaBeouf’s character.
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The first trailer for Richard Kelly‘s new film The Box has appeared, and it appropriately tries to push a few buttons. The film stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a couple with an increasingly desperate need for money. A box mysteriously appears on their doorstep, followed by Frank Langella, who presents an offer: push the button on the box and someone unknown to them will die, and they’ll be given a payment of one million dollars. The story is based off Richard Matheson‘s short story Button, Button. See the trailer after the jump. Read More »
Charlie Rose’s one-hour indepth interview with Frost/Nixon director Ron Howard and star Frank Langella is now online. The second part is available after the jump.
Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the poster for Ron Howard‘s Frost/Nixon, which pretty much says everything you need it to in one picture. The site also has 49 other first looks (none of which are all too interesting), which you can see here.
Universal has released the official American trailer for Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon. We also have some production photos and an official plot synopsis below. Based on a play of the same name, the film tells the story of the series of infamous post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost (Michael Sheen) and former president Richard Nixon (Frank Langella). As always, tell me what you think in the comments below!
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Watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. Frost/Nixon hits theaters on December 5th, just in time for award season.
Official Plot Synopsis: Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard brings to the screen writer Peter Morgan’s (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland) electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both: Frost/Nixon. Reprising their roles from Morgan’s stageplay are Frank Langella, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Nixon, and Michael Sheen, who fully inhabited the part of Frost onstage in London and New York.
For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans.
Likewise, Frost’s team harbored doubts about their boss’ ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation’s greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who’d built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity—ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth.
Frost/Nixon not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed…all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.
Frost/Nixon is a collaboration between Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Films, with Academy Award® winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard joining Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner as producers. Joining Langella and Sheen as the colorful real-life personalities who provide the men counsel is a formidable roster of actors including Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones and Matthew Macfadyen.
Posted on Sunday, November 18th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
As you already know, Frank Langella has been cast in Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly‘s upcoming film The Box. Our friends at Rotten Tomatoes interviewed the veteran actor who admitted that he didn’t even know who Richard Kelly was. Read the hilarious quote below.
“I met Rich Kelly and his producing partner, Sean McKittrick, the other day having had long conversations on the phone, and I didn’t know they were the director and producer. I thought there were, like, AD assistants. I met a much older woman who was doing the clothes and these two young guys kept talking and interrupting her and I finally said, ‘What do you do in the movie?’ and he said, ‘I’m the director.’ I said, ‘Oh, okay. You’re my boss.'”
How funny is that? Don’t worry Richard, that just means you’re young and have a lot of movies left in you! We’ve got your back!
The Orange County Register has the first photo of Frank Langella portraying Richard Nixon during filming of Ron Howard’s adaptation of the Peter Morgan play Frost/Nixon. Langella won Best Actor during the New York City run of that production. You can check out a comparison photo of the real Richard Nixon below.
I’m surprised at how much Langella looks like Tricky Dick. I actually had hesitations when it was announced that he was cast in the movie. Appearance on the stage doesn’t matter as much as it does on the screen. And with an iconic character like Nixon, if you don’t look the part, the whole production could bomb. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case here. Langella is a great actor, and this film is likely to earn him some award nominations.
Page 2: Second Sight, Pirates, Wall-E World, The Dark Knight, Tribeca Deals, Shrek Banners, and more
Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
There’s a lot of second page news today so we’re bringing back Page 2, our quick fix news rundown:
Universal is planning a big screen adaptation of Second Sight, a 1999 BBC miniseries that starred Clive Owen as a detective struggling to solve a murder before he goes blind. Sounds like an interesting premise. Owen is not attached to the film version.
AICN has a bunch of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End character designs by Aaron McBride and Crash McCreery. I digg the designs but especially Broondjongen, who splits open like a clam shell to reveal a dead figure trapped inside.
The guys over at the BlueSky Disney Blog wonders if Disney will replace Tomorrowland with Wall-E World, based on Andrew Stanton’s upcoming Pixar movie. This all depends on the success of the new Finding Nemo Submarine Ride.
Chicago Film Office has posted a notice looking for paid extras for The Dark Knight.
The first Tribeca Deals include: Das Fraulein, Vivere, and 9 Star Hotel.
FilmIck has a look at four new Shrek the Third banners. More of the same.
Dateline Hollywood claims that Frank Langella will play Richard Nixon in Ron Howard’s big screen adaptation of the Peter Morgen play Frost/Nixon.
Posted on Sunday, January 28th, 2007 by Peter Sciretta
Andrew Wagner was at Sundance two years ago with his break-out film The Talent Given to Us. In his emotional introduction to Starting Out, he explained how he sat in the huge Eccles theater wishing to someday have a film of his own on the gigantic big screen. He couldn’t get anymore words out, he just tried to hold the tears back, for like two minutes. It was the most emotional Sundance moment I’ve seen in a while.