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William Hurt Tells 'Winter's Tale'; Margo Martindale Moves To 'Osage County'; Terrence Howard Has 'A Girl And A Gun' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2012 10:37 AM
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It's a good week for dream projects with Akiva Goldsman involved, with Warner Bros. helping to make them come true. With the studio now taking a very close look at Ron Howard's sprawling "The Dark Tower," they are also flipping the switch on the long developing "Winter's Tale." Set to mark Goldsman directorial debut, the fantasy will be led by Collin Farrell and "Downton Abbey" star Jessica Findlay-Brown with Will Smith and Russell Crowe in small roles, in the story that follows a thief who breaks into a wealthy man’s home, sparking a relationship with the man’s terminally ill daughter with reincarnation, a flying horse, and a time-shift of 100 years all playing a part of the plot. William Hurt has now joined the film, and will be playing the father of the dying girl. Production begins in October.

Benjamin Walker Talks 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight,' Discusses The Wushu Aspects Of The Aborted 'Paradise Lost' Adaptation

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 19, 2012 10:17 AM
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One of the crucial aspects of this Friday's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" was seeing a fresh face in the lead role, allowing him to become the bloodsucker-loathing President. However, the anonymity of Benjamin Walker, who stars as the axe-swinging badass, isn't expected to last, with the thesp involved in a number of high-profile projects.

Colin Farrell Offered Lead In Akiva Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale' Opposite 'Downton Abbey' Star Jessica Brown-Findlay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2012 9:19 PM
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There hasn't been a lack of hunky dudes for Warner Bros. and Akiva Goldsman to look at for the male lead in the writer/producer's directorial debut "A Winter's Tale." With "Downton Abbey" star Jessica Brown-Findlay already tipped as the frontrunner for the female lead, a handful of names have already been batted around to feature opposite the actress including Benjamin Walker, Tom Hiddleston, Aaron Johnson and Garrett Hedlund. But the the filmmaker and the studio have floated the offer out to someone else entirely.

'Downton Abbey' Star Jessica Brown-Findlay Bags Female Lead In 'Winter's Tale,' Aaron Johnson & Garrett Hedlund Frontrunners To Join Her

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2012 12:51 PM
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There's a little show you might have been hearing about called "Downton Abbey." Well, with the show now a runaway critical hit and audience sensation, it's time for some of the stars to leapfrog into feature film roles.

Benjamin Walker, Tom Hiddleston, Lily Collins, Bella Heathcote & Jessica Brown Findlay Testing For Akiva Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 29, 2012 10:25 AM
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While he may draw the critical scorn of fanboys everywhere with even the mention of his name, and rightfully so after penning the screenplays for the weak “Batman Forever” and disastrous “Batman & Robin,” screenwriter Akiva Goldsman still holds a lot of clout in Hollywood. That’s what one earns when they write behemoth blockbusters that span multiple genres, such as “I Am Legend” or “A Beautiful Mind,” as well as help usher in franchises with the likes of “The Da Vinci Code.” It was reported all the way back in February of 2011 that Goldsman would be lensing his directorial debut “Winter’s Tale," but at the beginning of this month it looked as if Goldsman called in some favors to his famous friends after the production hit some budgetary speed bumps, landing “I Am Legend” star Will Smith and “A Beautiful Mind” actor Russell Crowe in supporting roles. About $20 million was shaved off the budget and the project gained some much needed steam, so it pays to have friends in high places.

Will Smith & Russell Crowe Take Supporting Roles In Akiva Goldsman's Directorial Debut 'Winter's Tale'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 3:28 PM
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It pays to have friends in high places. One year ago, it was announced that screenwriter, producer and frequent Ron Howard collaborator Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind," "Cinderella Man," "Batman Forever," "Batman And Robin") was gearing up his directorial debut "Winter's Tale" at Warner Bros. with a $75 million budget and a spring shoot being planned for this year. Well, Goldsman had some trouble getting the project movie and it took some favors to keep it alive.

Akiva Goldsman Looking At Tom Hiddleston & Benjamin Walker To Lead Directorial Debut 'Winter's Tale'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 7, 2011 10:00 AM
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First up is "Winter's Tale," set to mark the big-screen directorial debut of Akiva Goldsman, the Oscar-winning writer of "A Beautiful Mind," and smack-deserving writer of "Batman & Robin" and "The Da Vinci Code." Announced back in February, the film sees Goldsman tackle Mark Helprin's much-praised 1983 novel of the same name, which follows an orphan on the run from a criminal gang, who breaks into a New York mansion, only to fall in love with a dying woman, with reincarnation, apocalypse, rainbow bridges and a flying white horse all cropping up as well. It's something of a passion project for the screenwriter, who's been attached since 2009, and he spent the weekend performing some chemistry reads with some young talent for the lead roles.

Akiva Goldsman Gets Greenlight For Directorial Debut 'Winter's Tale,' Will Lens In Spring 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 2:18 AM
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Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman is probably still most infamous for penning "Batman Forever" and "Batman And Robin," two of the worst entries in the franchise. And while his talents seem to fail him with projects that involve any kind of fantastical bent, give Goldsman something straightforward to work with like "A Beautiful Mind" or "Cinderella Man" and he churns out a decent, if not particularly mind-blowing, script (he won an Oscar for the former). Well, he's been looking to make the leap from writer to director for a while now, and Warner Bros. has finally given him a shot.

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