There’s absolutely no need to touch Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction. Built around an Academy Award winning screenplay, the film is pretty much perfect from beginning to end. It teems with exquisite detail as performances and dialogue tell interweaving stories of crime and craziness. A reinforcement of that absolute brilliance was the main thing I took out of the latest Film Independent at LACMA Live Read, which took place February 20 in Los Angeles. Director Evan Goldberg (This is the End) subbed for Jason Reitman and assembled an eclectic, star-studded cast to read Tarantino’s masterwork. It was a two and a half hour celebration of Pulp Fiction‘s perfection.
While no one could ever replace the iconic cast of John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and so many others, stars like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Lizzie Caplan laughed, imitated and sometimes stumbled through the script with excitement and reverence. Along the way, a few Easter Eggs were uncovered, alternate interpretations attempted and much fun was had. Read about the live read below. Read More »
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Oscar-winner Adrien Brody sports a body full of tattoos, full beard, dreadlocks and a couple crazy eyes in the new stoner comedy High School. Co-written and directed by John Stalberg in his feature film debut, High School follows a valedictorian who smokes pot one day before his school begins random drug testing. So as to not get caught making a fatal mistake, he and his friend go about the task of getting every single person in the school high. Matthew Bush and Sean Marquette are the friends, Brody is the man with the drugs and Michael Chiklis, Colin Hanks and Mykelti Williamson are among the other co-stars. One trailer was released for the movie quite some time ago, but now there is a new one.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
While some of her Friday Night Lights co-stars have made the leap into big-screen adventures, Connie Britton‘s still shining on the small screen. Fresh off of a single-season stint on FX’s American Horror Story, Britton has now signed on for ABC’s musical family soap Nashville. And yes, the “musical” part of the description indicates that we’ll be hearing the former Mrs. Coach Taylor sing.
R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) is set to direct the pilot from a script by Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), which centers around country star and married mom Rayna James (Britton). Unhappy with the weak sales of her latest record, her label forces Rayna to go on tour with a younger rising star (Hayden Panettiere). Eric Close, who guest-starred on Britton’s American Horror Story, will play Rayna’s husband. [Deadline]
After the jump, two leading ladies of sci-fi tackle television.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
With Goodfellas and Casino scribe Nicholas Pileggi writing and James Mangold (Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma) set to direct the pilot, it’s probably not surprising that CBS’ 1960s Las Vegas-set Ralph Lamb is attracting some serious acting talent as well. Dennis Quaid is now in talks for the title role, a real-life rodeo cowboy who went on to become Clark County’s longest-serving sheriff. The Shield alum Michael Chiklis is negotiating to play Lamb’s nemesis, a Chicago mobster who decides to take on Las Vegas.
Though Chiklis is known for his work on shows like The Shield, The Commish, and more recently, No Ordinary Family, Ralph Lamb would mark the first regular TV series gig for Quaid. The show is one of two gangster-themed TV shows on Pileggi’s plate at the moment; he also has a small-screen version of Goodfellas set up at AMC. [Vulture, THR]
After the jump, a Heroes alum joins a Walking Dead star on Frank Darabont’s new series.
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Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 by Angie Han
Things are indeed shaping up quickly for David Dobkin‘s Arthur & Lancelot, which Warner Bros. fast-tracked over the summer at the cost of Bryan Singer’s Excalibur remake and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur film. Last month saw the casting of Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington and The Killing star Joel Kinnaman in the two title roles, and now WB favorite Marion Cotillard has been offered the part of Morgana, a powerful sorceress and Arthur’s half-sister.
The Arthur retelling, which was written by Dobkin, follows the rise of the legendary leader from his humble beginnings as an illegitimate son being raised by a poor knight, while Lancelot starts out as “a rebellious noble who distrusts the established government.” Arthur & Lancelot will likely begin shooting in March. [Vulture]
After the jump, Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler lands another high-profile movie role, while several more actors join Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker in Pawn — though sadly, none of the new folks are from The Shield.
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Briefly: Attention, fans of The Shield, there is a little mini-reunion of sorts brewing. Actors Michael Chiklis and Forest Whitaker have both been cast in an indie called Pawn. The movie is, as you might hope, a crime picture, and one that features “a hostage situation that has gone terribly wrong” in which “an ex-con becomes entangled in a manipulative chess game between the Feds, local police and the mob.”
Deadline gets to announce the project, which will be the feature directorial debut of cinematographer David A. Armstrong, who shot the Saw series. He will be working from a script by Jay Anthony White. Common and Ray Liotta are also in the cast, which is already sounding like a pretty solid lineup for a good criminal potboiler.
Here’s one of several casting breaks to come your way in the next few hours, and this one is pretty damned good. Why? Because after the break you’ll find info on the following:
- Nick Nolte takes a role in hard-boiled crime thriller Parker.
- Jesse Eisenberg plays dopplegangers in The Double.
- And Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried join the increasingly promising FBI vs magicians thriller Now You See Me. Read More »
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Briefly: Casting has been coming together quickly for Parker, which Taylor Hackford is directing with Jason Statham starring as the classic Richard Stark anti-hero. (As previously played on screen by Lee Marvin, Mel Gibson and others.) Jennifer Lopez is in talks for a key role, and Clifton Collins Jr. and Wendell Pierce signed to play other small roles. Now Deadline says that Michael Chiklis will play “Jason Statham’s nemesis” in the film. Word is that the John J. McLaughlin script jumps off from a number of Stark’s novels to create a new story. The debut novel The Hunter (’62)and later novel Flashfire (’00) are said to be part of the ingredient list.
Parker shoots in August.