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Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett & More Join 'Jungle Book: Origins' Plus More Casting News

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2014 1:18 PM
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Out Of The Furnace
So, once again Hollywood studios are competing needlessly for properties based on public domain works. First there was the battle over last year's Snow White movies, and now comes a couple of flicks based on "The Jungle Book." Jon Faverau has his production at Disney, a live-action/animated take involving Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and newcomer Neel Sethi. Not to be outdone, Warner Bros. are lining up an equally star-studded cast for their rendition directed by Andy Serkis, which will be called "Jungle Book: Origins."

TV Review: Steven Soderbergh's 'The Knick' Starring Clive Owen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2014 2:05 PM
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The Knick
"No one handles the unexpected like John Thackery," someone quips in "The Knick." "It's where I live," comes the doctor's quick reply, and it's about as perfect a summation of the lead character of the new Cinemax show that you're likely to get. "Unexpected" is also a good descriptor of the series itself. While it's presented as a period based medical drama — and it certainly is, if that's all you're looking for — over the course of the seven episodes sent in advance to press (the first season runs ten episodes long), it steadily becomes clear that "The Knick" is so much more than that, and it's easy to see why Steven Soderbergh, who had retired from making feature films, couldn't resist getting back behind the camera. "Look, I was out. I read this thing last May, right before we were going to Cannes with 'Behind the Candelabra.' I read it and was like, 'Shit.' I was the first person to get it. I went, 'Well, the second person who reads this is going to do this,' " he said last month. And good thing this crossed his desk, because "The Knick" might be the best work Soderbergh has done in ages.

TV Shows From Steven Soderbergh & M. Night Shyamalan Continue Casting Up & 'Wizard Of Oz' Becomes Medical Drama

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 13, 2013 9:40 AM
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This past May saw the news of Steven Soderbergh’s first directing gig since his self-imposed hiatus from the cinematic world, the ten-episode Cinemax series “The Knick.” With production beginning next month, Deadline is reporting that the Clive Owen-starring series has added four new castmembers: Andre Holland (“Miracle At St. Anna,” “42”), Juliet Rylance (“Sinister”), Eve Hewson (“This Must Be The Place,” “Blood Ties”) and Michael Angarano who last worked with Soderbergh in last year’s “Haywire.” The series is set in a New York City hospital at the dawn of the 20th century and starts shooting late September.

Watch: Trailer For Indie Dramedy 'The English Teacher' Starring Julianne Moore & Michael Angarano

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2013 4:36 PM
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Earlier today there was the trailer for "The Purge," a movie that we didn't know was happening because it was so far off our radar. And then there's "The English Teacher," a movie this writer initially mistook for "Writers" aka "Stuck In Love," due to the (omnipresence?) of Greg Kinnear and Lily Collins. But just like that movie, it's another indie dramedy where good looking people can't seem to sort out their love life. And frankly, we expect much better from you, Julianne Moore.

Kiefer Sutherland Climbs 'Pompeii,' Rufus Sewell Flexes For 'Hercules,' Michael Angarano Feels 'Heat' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 21, 2013 11:50 AM
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In today’s casting round-up, we have news on films from the other Paul Anderson, a documentary filmmaker’s move into fiction, and something that will likely involve a lot of body oil...

First Look: Julianne Moore, Lily Collins & Michael Angarano In 'The English Teacher'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 12, 2013 3:44 PM
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What do we know about "The English Teacher"? Well, it's good a good cast for one, starring Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins and Nathan Lane. Directed by Craig Zisk -- a TV vet who's helmed episodes of "Parks and Recreation," "New Girl," "United States of Tara," "The Office," "Nip/Tuck" and more - the picture centers on a English teacher's life that is disrupted when a former student returns to her small town after failing as a playwright in New York.

Review: 'The Brass Teapot' Is More Modest Trinket Than Rare Find

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • March 1, 2013 11:56 AM
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Ramma Mosley's “The Brass Teapot," based on a screenplay by Tim Macy, who wrote the short story and the 2007 short film that served as a jumping-off point for this feature, tries hard to be a moral fable, a reflection of today's challenging economic tides and the college graduates weathering them with limited success. With the help of a talented cast, “The Brass Teapot” is able to coast on charm for the first hour, but then the fairytale idea that powers the film runs out of juice, and the last forty-five minutes hurtle toward a wrap-up that feels both awkward and overwrought, needlessly portentous and arriving much too late. Leads Michael Angarano and especially firecracker Juno Temple are the reason to keep watching, but even they cannot breathe life into a compelling concept stretched too thin.

Exclusive: Poster For 'The Brass Teapot' Starring Juno Temple & Michael Angarano

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 16, 2013 2:07 PM
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While a big chunk of the movie world is turning its eye towards Park City, for the rest of the industry it's still business as usual. Starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano, "The Brass Teapot," was acquired by Magnolia Pictures last fall after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The picture is making its theatrical release this spring and we're debuting the official poster. Directed by Ramaa Mosley (the 2008 short, "Exquisite Corpse"), Temple and Angarano star as a young, poor, newly married couple who find a magic teapot that grants them cash for pain.

First Images Of Juno Temple & Michael Angarano In 'The Brass Teapot'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 10:02 AM
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A little bit of luck and money are coming to Juno Temple and Michael Angarano in "The Brass Teapot," an offbeat comedy set to make its world premiere at TIFF next month. Now the first images from the film have landed.

John Hawkes Wanted For 'The Walking Dead'; Kevin Bacon Faces A Serial Killer For Kevin Williamson & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 5, 2012 8:49 AM
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We'll try to dance around spoilers but the finale of the second season of "Boardwalk Empire" was shocking not only in terms of storyline but also with the fact they tore out the heart of the show, or at least what/who we thought was being developed as such. We're fascinated to see where the show goes from here, but at the very least, it looks like they'll be gaining one great character actor.

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