In case you haven’t heard, Facebook is trying to following in the footsteps of YouTube, Netflix and Hulu by creating their own original content for binge-watching, stream-hungry audiences to throw their gaze upon. The initiative is called Facebook Watch, and it was first focused on helping all creators and publishers find an audience, build a community of fans, and earn money for their work. But now it’s going to be a platform for Facebook to launch their own original programming, and the social media company has just ordered their first major project.
Elizabeth Olsen will be starring in a currently untitled half-hour dramedy series created and written by Kit Steinkellner (Amazon’s Z: The Beginning of Everything). The Avengers franchise star will also be producing the series with The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt, who will be directing the pilot and several more episodes in the Elizabeth Olsen Facebook series. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 by Angie Han
As evidenced by the popularity of Black Mirror, feeling uneasy about technology is just part and parcel of life in the developed world in 2017. Who among us hasn’t felt a twinge of anxiety about where our Facebook photos or Twitter posts could end up, or worried that someone could be watching through our built-in laptop cameras? We fret a bit, and then we keep sharing and posting and liking things anyway. Because what else are you going to do? Just not be a part of modern society?
In The Circle, that stress gets taken to a whole other level when a bright young woman named Mae (Emma Watson) is hired by a powerful tech company that looks a bit like Google, Facebook, and Apple all rolled into one. At first, it seems like a warm and welcoming place with a tight-knit corporate culture — but pretty soon, she starts to see the true cost of ultimate transparency. Tom Hanks plays the company’s founder, and John Boyega a mysterious colleague. Watch The Circle trailer below. Read More »
Director James Ponsoldt has been making some high-quality dramas over the past few years. Smashed (seen above), The Spectacular Now, and The End of the Tour are strong films with great performances. Right now, Ponsoldt is busy with his adaptation of Dave Eggers’ The Circle, and after he’s finished that picture, he may tackle his first major studio film, Wild City.
Below, learn more about the James Ponsoldt Wild City project.
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A24 has optioned the rights to I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, and has set The Spectacular Now/The End of the Tour director James Ponsoldt to develop the book into a feature film. Details on the I Want My MTV Movie, after the jump.
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For a few years now Channing Tatum has expressed interest in directing. He’s produced a few films, including Magic Mike XXL and 22 Jump Street, but he’s finally stepping behind the camera. The actor is set to make his directorial debut with an adaptation of Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, which now has a writer onboard. Read more about the Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock writer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Boyhood breakout Ellar Coltrane has finally booked his first grown-up movie role. He’s set to star in James Ponsoldt‘s technological thriller The Circle, alongside a star-studded cast that also includes Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. Get more details on the Ellar Coltrane The Circle casting after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
James Ponsoldt‘s circle just keeps getting wider. Patton Oswalt is the latest to join his adaptation of Dave Eggers‘ bestselling book, following Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, and Karen Gillan. Get more details on the Patton Oswalt The Circle casting after the jump. Read More »
The cast of The Circle, from The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt, continues to expand in intriguing ways. The lineup already features Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega playing characters based on Dave Eggers‘ satirical novel about an ambitious tech company.
Now Karen Gillan, who we know from Doctor Who and have seen in the last year in Selfie, 7 Days in Hell, and Guardians of the Galaxy, will play a fourth major character in The Circle. Read More »
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For a couple years after Attack the Block we expected to see John Boyega getting great roles, but it took a bit of time. But the events of 2014, from the indie Imperial Dreams to the 24 revival and nabbing a lead role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, have given him new power. Now he’ll join Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the The Circle, a satire about the erosion of privacy in the information age, written and directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, The End of the Tour). Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson will follow fairy-tale fantasy with a high-tech thriller. She’s just been confirmed to star in The Circle, James Ponsoldt‘s adaptation of Dave Eggers‘ novel. Tom Hanks also stars. Get details on the Emma Watson The Circle casting after the jump. Read More »