Almost Famous

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical movie Almost Famous. To celebrate the milestone, James Andrew Miller is delivering a limited podcast series called Origins: Almost Famous Turns Twenty, and it’s already yielding some interesting tidbits looking back at the film.

Almost Famous features Patrick Fugit as William Miller, a young aspiring journalist who gets caught up in the world of rock and roll in 1969. During his adventures on tour with a fictional band called Stillwater, he encounters a famous band-aid (or groupie) named Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), and sparks a friendship with the band’s lead guitartist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup), all while his mother (Frances McDormand) worries back home. But Fugit almost acted opposite some even bigger names. Read More »

macbeth

Joel Coen is striking out on his own to make The Tragedy of Macbeth, a new take on the Shakespeare classic starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand. Production on Macbeth is on hold for the moment – because of the apocalypse and all – but during a fundraising effort on Instagram, Coen and McDormand dropped some info on the film, and really played up how this is going to be a bit different from Macbeth adaptations in the past.

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Joel Coen's Macbeth Movie Delayed

Almost exactly one year ago, we learned Joel Coen was taking a break from writing and directing movies with his brother Ethan Coen in order to tackle a new big screen adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play Macbeth on his own. Shooting was slated to begin in Los Angeles this spring, but it should come as no surprise that the A24 production has been delayed along with pretty much every other movie in Hollywood due to the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the United States. Read More »

macbeth cast brendan gleeson

Joel Coen‘s take on Macbeth already has Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as stars, and now it might add another heavy-hitter into the mix. Brendan Gleeson, known for his work in Paddington 2 and some other movies that aren’t Paddington 2, is said to be in talks to join the A24 movie based on the play by a hot up-and-comer named William Shakespeare. The project has Coen going solo for the first time, working without brother Ethan Coen.

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Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch

Even though 20th Century Fox isn’t exactly doing The Walt Disney Company any favors with their box office performance this year, Fox Searchlight is still operating like it’s business as usual. The more indie-focused and award-driven arm of Fox has just secured the worldwide distribution rights to Wes Anderson‘s next film, The French Dispatch. This comes after Fox Searchlight released Isle of Dogs, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Darjeeling Limited. Learn more below. Read More »

Macbeth Movie

Joel Coen, one-half of the Coen Brothers, is going solo to bring a new version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the big screen. That’s exciting enough on its own, but it gets better. Denzel Washington is in talks to play Macbeth, and frequent Coen collaborator (and Joel Coen’s wife) Frances McDormand will also star as Lady Macbeth. Super indie studio A24 will distribute.

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Amazon casting

Here’s some interesting Amazon casting news from the studio’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con International: Frances McDormand, who just won an Oscar for her fiery performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, will provide the voice of God in the upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens.

Plus, Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) has joined the cast of Jack Ryan, the action-packed Tom Clancy adaptation that has John Krasinski in the lead role. Read More »

isle of dogs featurette

Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion Isle of Dogs wasn’t easy to make. A whole team of animators worked obsessively to bring the detailed, animated world of the film to life. A new Isle of Dogs featurette takes you behind the scenes of Anderson’s latest, and shows the meticulous work that went into creating these very good dogs.

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Frances McDormand inclusion rider

Talk is cheap, but Frances McDormand may have just changed the game in Hollywood with two simple words at last night’s Oscars ceremony. After winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the actress wrapped up her memorable speech with two words: “Inclusion rider.”

Read on for how that Frances McDormand inclusion rider comment could spark actual, measurable change in Hollywood in the years to come.
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oscars 2018 speeches

The 90th Academy Awards showed a Hollywood at an impasse.

With the industry in the midst of a sexual and political upheaval, Tinseltown’s most glitzy awards ceremony found itself grappling with its message. The result: an overlong, messy Academy Awards ceremony that swung between self-congratulatory nods to the Time’s Up movement and cheery apolitical, made-to-go-viral stunts.

But a few 2018 Oscars speeches salvaged the show. Fiery remarks and inspirational anecdotes helped galvanize the ceremony and make the four hour-plus TV event worth watching.

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